In the third of our special series from Cyprus, we follow South West based reservists on their final mission.
The troops had little sleep during two weeks of tough training in the searing sun, but have they managed to prove to the full-time soldiers that they are more than just weekend warriors? Francesca Carpenter reports:
For the first time, members of the TA based in the West, now known as Army reserves, have been issued with the same night-time spying kit as regular soldiers.
The equipment's worth millions of pounds. It's part of the government's plan to bring reservists up to speed with their full time counterparts.
In the second of our special reports from Cyprus, Francesca Carpenter joins 6 Rifles and regular soldiers from Gloucester as they gear up for a night time mission.
Now, hundreds of Army reservists from the Westcountry are playing a more crucial role than ever on the frontline - as cutbacks by the MoD mean they're increasingly deployed to trouble spots around the globe.
In the first of a special series from Cyprus on the role of our Armed Forces, Francesca Carpenter has joined reservists from 6 Rifles, which are based in Exeter, on a training exercise.
Part time soldiers from the 6th battallion The Rifles from across the region are away training in Germany at the moment, knowing they're likely to be asked to put those skills to use in Afghanistan next year.
More than a hundred Territorial Army soldiers from across the south west are in Germany at the moment for two weeks intensive training.
Many of them are expecting to be deployed to Afghanistan next year.
They already know they're going to bear a bigger burden of Britain's defence as their regular army colleagues face huge cuts.
In the first of a four part series, our Defence Correspondent John Andrews reports from Germany: