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Again, the joys of reunification and "Purple" trades.
I recall sending some NCOs from Depot PARA to help run the Army Catering Corps' recruits through the assault course, and some other similar stuff, in Aldershot as part of their basic training. I went along to watch and they didn't hold back. These guys were all put through the full 'experience' and they all did really well.
The next year I was in NI at one of the more remote permanent OP locations near the Irish border, which were basically deeply dug in bunkers protecting a high observation tower, surrounded by barbed wire & GPMGs on fixed lines. Right out of WW1.
The soldier who marshalled our Lynx escorted us up to the OP, rifle in the shoulder, helmet on, and we went inside. 20 minutes later, the same soldier served us lunch. He was an ACC private who ordered and managed all the food for 20 troops, and did all the cooking. He also was on the watchkeeper's list, and did the occasional stag behind the gun.
That was a great example of the right kind of all arms collaboration IMHO.