..........explain what your branch specialisation does! Don't just limit it to what it does now, what did it used to do. Things such as in unit training, weekend training, National, regional, overseas, ORT, good stuff, bad stuff etc. Lets see if we can dispel some of those rumours about some of the branches. AWFP Trained in the (safe???) use of the; SA80A2 rifle Casco 21 self defence baton 1st Aid level 2 Ad-quals include; General Purpose Machine Gun 9mm pistol Mini gun (or is that just a vicious rumour?) General role To act as a visible deterrant on board RN, RFA and STUFT ships by dressing in green clothing and walking around the upper deck, bridge or manning the gangway. In unit training; Rules of Engagement. Baton Handling tests/drills Weapons Handling tests/drills. Regional training Training weekends approx every three or four months which include live firing, NBCD, Baton handling tests, Weapons Handling tests DCCT range, ROE. Seamanship/Mine warfare weekends approx every month NBCD weekends approx every six months ORT There are rumours of three two week blocks of training in Cyprus possibly starting this year but this is yet to be confirmed. ORT on board ships now seems to be becoming a rarety as the posts are filled with mobilised RNR FP teams. Good stuff Rifle training, shooting etc Sea weekends on MCMV's Clothing issue. Bad stuff Very little sea going ORT opportunities. Limited role Summary AWFP is a good branch, with lots of good people. It could, in my opinion, expanded with additional training including the RIB, as boarding party and more seamanship.