Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Army training for the Xbox generation

A few days ago it was reported that the Ministry of Defence is considering halving the training programme for recruits to infantry battalions. This resulted in widespread concern that young soldiers would be shipped off to Iraq and Afghanistan ill-prepared for what they would have to face on the frontline. The MoD was quick to categorically refute this and to reassure all those considering enlisting that the very highest training standards are being maintained.
Coincidentally in today's Guardian Educational section there is an interesting article on the sort of training a recruit into today's infantry can expect to receive. Although the Guardian's report is essentially about the 3Rs, it also covers some of the state-of-the-art technology used in current training programmes: all good stuff.
It was also interesting to read that the Army's driving principle is train in, not select out, i.e. every effort is made to keep recruits who might once have been ejected. This may of course simply be the result of lower numbers applying to enlist but the MoD maintains that application numbers are up.

Link> The Guardian: On target