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:
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.