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Army February 4, 2010
By WO1 Tony Dunne
ONE of the key initiatives
rolled out with the introduc-
tion of the Adaptive Army
has been the Army Training
It provides the continuous
development of the Army's indi-
vidual and collective training
regimes to enhance capability
-- a great phrase, but what does
it really mean and how does it
affect the average soldier?
In a nutshell, the ATC is the
means through which we can
shape training to provide a bet-
ter, combat-ready soldier.
It ensures what we are doing
is relevant to all lines of opera-
tion and will see a marked
improvement in our foundation
Most soldiers are famil-
iar with the individual training
delivered by training schools
and most soldiers have also par-
ticipated in collective training
activities at unit level or on exer-
cises to prepare for their role on
operations. What has been lack-
ing is a link between individual
and collective training regimes
to ensure we really do "fight as
we train and train as we fight".
The ATC emphasises the
interdependence of individual
and collective training.
If, for example, the objective
of all Army training is conduct-
ing successful operations, and
it is, then all training should be
relevant to that goal.
So recruit training, initial
trade training and leadership
training, as well as collective
training activities, should all be
relevant to our role on opera-
The ATC also recognises
learning from experience and
allows that to influence the way
we train and fight.
This doesn't mean our train-
ing becomes focused on "the
war"; we have to remain pre-
pared for any contingency.
It means some lessons will
influence the way we do things
now, in a specific theatre of
operations, while others may
be more foundational and will
influence our training through
doctrine and training manage-
All soldiers and trainees
should have a fundamental
knowledge of the ATC for them
to provide input.
WO1 Tony Dunne is Comd SM Training
at HQ TCA. For more information on
the ATC visit http://intranet.defence.
asp?page=187303 and click Improved
Training and Education.
"In a nutshell,
the ATC is the
which we can
shape training to
provide a better,
A focus on
Sharp eyes: Spotter Pte Adam Tanner and sniper LCpl Clancy Roberts, 3RAR, look for
targets at Shoalwater Bay Training Area.
Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
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