Armed Forces: Training

Defence written question – answered at on 10 May 2011.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what ground sign awareness training is conducted in (a) hybrid foundation training and (b) mission specific training.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Basic ground sign awareness training is provided as part of the initial phase training for military personnel. This is further developed in hybrid foundation and mission specific training.

During hybrid foundation training selected students (ranked Sgt and above) from all three services who are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan complete a ground sign awareness instructor's course and are then required to cascade training to personnel in their units. Cascade training is delivered in both hybrid foundation training and the early stages of mission specific training. The latter also offers collective training opportunities to test and revise ground sign awareness, with its incorporation into a number of field exercises. Finally, these skills are refreshed again in Afghanistan as part of the Reception, Staging and Onward Integration package, which all personnel must complete before deploying on operations.

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