Life with the Lancers: Inside the 'Afghan Village'
16 December 2010 Last updated at 15:00 GMT
Between December 2009 and 2010, BBC News followed the progress of four soldiers from the Queen's Royal Lancers from basic training to deployment in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Filmed by the soldiers themselves and army camera crews, as well as by the BBC, the footage captured everything from the shock of coming under fire to coping with harsh conditions.
In this video, the soldiers travel to Norfolk to take part in a training exercise. They learn about dealing with emergencies and how to interact with the local population, at a mocked-up 'Afghan village'.