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Army October 27, 2011
By Capt Simone Heyer
MEMBERS of the Special Operations Task
Group (SOTG) in Afghanistan have been
taking members of the Afghan National
Police's Special Response Team (SRT)
through unarmed combat lessons at Camp
Russell in Tarin Kot.
SRT mentoring team member LCpl M
said the training activity was an important
part of the curriculum.
"If the Special Response Team find them-
selves in a situation against unarmed oppo-
nents, or if they are in a position where they
can't use their weapons, they need to be able
to use their hands to regain control of the
situation," he said.
"Basically we are providing them with
some skills so they can protect themselves
against someone who is unarmed and build
confidence in them so they can affect their
role to make arrests."
LCpl M said the lessons were designed in
a way which best suited the members of SRT,
which is a special unit of the Afghan National
"This is one of their favourite parts of the
training because it's hands on -- they aren't
confined to a desk with this training," he said.
"This type of hands-on training is more
like something they are used to so they
respond quite well to this."
LCpl M said he had seen a marked
improvement in the abilities of the SRT mem-
bers over the course of their training.
"Some of these guys have done some sort
of unarmed combat before, either with us or
the Australian Federal Police, or on an infor-
mal basis," LCpl M said.
"But we have turned it into a formalised
program now and we have definitely seen
improvements in their abilities."
SOTG's hands-on training
Getting physical: A member of the Afghan
National Police's Special Response Team
cautiously practises unarmed combat
techniques with an SOTG soldier. Inset, Afghan
police officers practise the new techniques with
Photos by Lt Adrian Miller
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