Exercise ALPINE MERCURY GLACIER (AMG) XXII is the annual Royal Signals Alpine Ski Training Camp and Championships to be held in Stubai, Austria. The camp is open to all members of the Corps, regular and reserve; non capbadged individuals from Royal Signals units are welcome to attend and compete in the open category.
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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aim of Ex AMG XXII is to introduce and develop race technique in order to prepare for competition at Corps level and Corps representation at the Divisional and Army Championships in January 2019
Below is the financial breakdown of the exercise.
Breakdown costs. The breakdown of costs is indicated below:
Item Cost (Euros) Remarks
Accommodation 55.80 Per person per night
Lift pass 328 Per Person for full ex duration
Race entry fee 25.00 Per person (race week only)
Eqpt Hire –
60.30 for 5 days / 200.60 for 4 weeks Units are recommended to bring Unit eqpt. Hire is available at a 42% discount from several providers. Payment to hire shop in resort.
81.20 for 5 days / 270.90 for 4 weeks
Accommodation. To reduce the quantity of euros carried by team captains, team captains can arrange a bank transfer via Regt Accountants prior to arrival. Account details are:
IBAN: AT97 3628 5000 0007 4591
Lift passes. All passes should be purchased from the pass office in Neustift via cash payment on the Sunday between 1400-1600 and will be coordinated by the Ex Coord.
The following information on sources of income is included to assist Team Captains in reducing the overall costs.
FTC Grant. The Business Case (BC) process has been instigated to reduce Defence spending and is required for all WSA incurring public funds. For Ex AMG CILOR, Ferry/Eurotunnel, vehicle hire, accommodation, equipment hire and lift pass charges all require a BC approval. A personal and unit contribution will be required to offset the cost, the normal personal contribution is £200 for the full 4 weeks and unit contribution of £25-50 per person (likely from ECOPF and/or PRI). Team Captains should submit the BC early to FTC via their Formation HQ, as although this is admissible public funding it is always subject to affordability. Annex C has a worked example of a WSA BC application that Team Captains should use as a guide.
CILOR. On receipt of funding authorisation and staff clearance units can apply for CILOR from Log Sp for the duration of the exercise, see Reference B for guidance. This is to be applied for using Annex E to Reference B. As accommodation lies below 3000m, the Arctic supplement cannot be claimed.
Army Sports Lottery (ASL). Units are strongly advised to apply for a Winter Sports Grant through this scheme to assist in the cost of participation in authorised WSA. Each team member must be a subscribed ASL member to qualify. From Winter 2018/19 grants will be paid on a pro rata basis according to the number of tickets held (£25 per ticket). Claims are to be made retrospectively on completion of Ex AMG XXII and with the submission of a PXR. For further information see Reference D.
Berlin Infantry Brigade Memorial Trust Fund. BIBMTF has limited winter sports funds to award grants of £25 per head. Grants will be allocated on a first come first served basis. See Reference E for more details.
Crops Grant. As the exercise is subsidised through the Royal Signals Games Club Committee, units/individuals will not receive any additional funding from the Corps.
Teams will require transport within the resort to access the training areas. There is a small degree of flexibility for the minor units or individuals to share transport however this must be organised prior to arrival.
Policy. Policy details on Defence Movements and Transport Regulations are at Reference C.
Documentation. Team Captains must ensure that all driving personnel have the relevant licences and FMT 600 annotated with the European Matrix test and that they are to adhere to drivers’ hours, in accordance with Reference C.
Driving overseas. Reference B and C have further details on the requirements for driving overseas and the requirements and provision of European Driving Packs. All vehicles are to be correctly winterised (snow chains and winter tyres are compulsory in Germany and Austria) and teams are to carry all necessary safety/breakdown equipment. The Army European Winter Activity Instruction (2018DIN07-077) explains the legal requirement for winter tyres in Germany and states how they may be ordered for White Fleet vehicles. Due to recent changes with regards to the termination of White Fleet overseas hire it is extremely important you engage with your unit MT at the earliest opportunity.
White fleet. Units are reminded that in accordance with British Embassy regulations all vehicles are to be civilian with civilian VRN.