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:
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A frosty start in the east will clear to a pleasant winter's day for all - clear skies, sunny spells, staying dry but rather cold
A frosty start but once it clears, we will have a pleasant winter's day, clear skies, sunny spells and staying dry.
Cloud will keep much of Cornwall and South Devon frost free tonight but there's no denying that it will be cold tomorrow, if sunny.