Saturday, January 14, 2012

1st graduation parade for Canadian training advisors in Herat

From the DND:

Fri Jan 13, 2012

By Major Glen Parent

After nine weeks of drill, range practice, patrolling techniques, checkpoint procedures and convoy exercises, the 1,400 Afghan National Army soldiers on parade at the Regional Military Training Centre–West, near Herat in western Afghanistan, deserved every moment of the praise and recognition they received during the ceremony marking their successful completion of Basic Warrior Training (BWT).

A graduate of ANA Basic Warrior Training shows his certificate to fellow soldiers during the graduation parade at the RMTC-West.

So did their instructors, who are senior soldiers of the Afghan National Army, and the 15 Canadian Forces members deployed in Herat to support and assist them.

This BWT serial was the first course conducted at RMTC-West with the assistance of Canadian Forces training advisors. “Our role as advisors is to observe how the Afghan National Army conducts BWT courses, help them fine-tune their instruction methods, and set the conditions for RMTC-West to become an enduring institution,” said senior advisor Captain John Miller.

Canadian Forces training advisors arrived in the Herat area in October 2011 as part of the initial rotation of Canada’s contribution to the NATO Training Mission–Afghanistan. They have already learned a lot about their ANA counterparts and the Afghan National Army in general.

“The BWT instructors are highly motivated and dedicated to improving the situation in Afghanistan, and the recruits are proud to become members of the ANA,” said advisor Master Corporal Rob Covelli.

Since the graduation of that first course on 27 December 2011, the Canadians at RMTC-West have been working with the ANA training staff to prepare for the next BWT course, scheduled to begin in mid-January.

“It is satisfying to know that BWT graduates will contribute to Afghanistan, whether they continue their military careers or apply their newfound literacy and teamwork skills as civilians,” said Capt Miller.


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