Friday, May 20, 2011


Army Staff Sgt. Robert O’Hair, a Regional Military Training Center - North instructor/mentor, familiarizes Afghan National Army students with the M-240B machine gun in the Train the Instructor Course. The course teaches ANA non-commissioned officers how to become instructors and mentors for their fellow soldiers as the Afghan National Security Force moves toward to take control of the nation’s security by 2014. (Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Ruben Ramirez)

Mentors Produce Afghan Instructors

The first "train the instructor" class trains ANA military instructors as the nation moves toward an independent military and peacekeeping force.

By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mike Andriacco

BALKH, Afghanistan (May 16, 2011) – A critical component of every nation’s national security is the ability to recruit and train people into competent soldiers to foster a self-sustaining military force.

The Regional Military Training Center – North, under the Afghan National Army Training Command, is hosting the first Train the Instructor class, charged with training ANA military instructors as the nation moves toward an independent military and peacekeeping force. The inaugural class graduates May 17.

The Combined Training Advisory Group, based out of Kabul, sent a team of two Afghan master instructors to teach ANA students with the assistance of Detachment 62, 95th Division mentors.

“The purpose of the course is to develop quality instructors through an ANA standardized instructor training program,” said Army Lt. Col. Francis Carr, RMTC-N director. “The product is a specialized instructor that is critical to build a self-generating ANA.”

The course provides the common foundation for all instructors across the ANA and uses a similar curriculum to the U. S. Army instructor course.

The training focuses on the basic instructional technique, such as lesson structure, practice lessons, evaluated lessons and general instructor knowledge such as ANA values, non-commissioned officer creed, duties, responsibilities, accountability, standards, stewardship and inspections; and more importantly how to deliver the information.

The class is taught by ANA master instructors, under the guidance of U.S. military mentors. This ensures a basic level of quality instructor and will help standardize the country’s budding military nationwide as the self-sustaining force develops...

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