News: The First 'Train The Trainer' Course For Iraqi Military Academy
AR RUSTAMIYAH, Iraq – The NATO advisory team at the Iraqi Military Academy Ar Rustamiyah are running their first "Train the Trainer” course for Iraqi Army Physical Training instructors at the Academy.
A select group of 10 Iraqi soldiers, ranging from private to warrant officer, from IMAR's PT Wing are now half way through a physically and mentally demanding four week course. With subjects ranging from anatomy to nutrition, and with plenty of practical lessons on the assault course and in the gymnasium, these individuals will graduate able to contribute hugely to the development of officer cadets within the Academy.
This represents another step forward in the professionalization of the Iraqi military staff working at IMAR as they continue to prepare officers for the demands of service within the Iraqi Army. The NATO team no longer directly teaches the Iraqi officer cadets and instead their focus is the professional development of the Officer and NCOs on the IMAR staff. There is an excellent and enduring partnership between the IMAR and NATO staff in this respect.
The course has used many of the facilities within the IMAR site, including the gym, assault course and swimming pool. The staff undergoing the T3 course train in all weathers and are constantly reminded of the need to lead by example.
As course instructor, a flight sergeant of the British Royal Air Force commented, "participating in such a high profile course within IMAR demands the highest personal standards, and I have been delighted with the attitude and enthusiasm of the students”.
"My staff is hugely enthusiastic about delivering this training to the IMAR staff; the benefits are significant and long lasting. We have already responded to requests from the Iraqi chain of command to plan a second PT T3 course. This is a demanding course, but the progress of the students has been very quick and I am sure the Iraqi officer cadets will soon benefit from the knowledge passed onto their Physical Training Instructors from the NATO staff,” the chief IMAR advisor, Lt. Col. Jay Turner of the British army said.