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Afghan National Army begins new training model

By Capt. Mirtha Villareal

KABUL, Afghanistan - (Army News Service, Feb. 25, 2005) -- Almost 500 Afghan National Army soldiers doubled-timed for six miles Feb. 24 in order to get to their new home in time to start the first Advanced Individual Training courses for ANA soldiers today.

Led by Maj. Eduardo Torres, Sgt. 1st Class Erik Husband, and Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Frazer, of the 136th Regional Training Institute, Texas Army National Guard, the 480 Afghan basic trainees road marched from Kabul Military Training Center to the Pol-e Charkhi barracks where they will be the first to take part in a new training model for ANA soldiers.

The move was part of the implementation of a new basic training model and advanced training model for the Afghan soldiers. Afghan BT will now consist of six weeks (instead of 10 weeks) of training at KMTC, followed by another six weeks of AIT at Pol-e Charkhi. During AIT, the soldiers will be educated in their military professions such as transportation, medical and engineering.

Moving the trainees from KMTC to their new barracks at Pol-e Charkhi was a challenge for the cadre. With less than a day to work with, the soldiers had to be moved quickly to their new location and get settled in before classes started the following day.

"This was a good experience for the Afghan cadre," said Torres, the training assistance group mentor, "they were very late from their planned departure time, so the leadership had to exercise some quick decisions."

(Editor's note: Capt. Mirtha Villareal is a member of the Task Force Phoenix Public Affairs.) OCPA Public Affairs Home OCPA Public Affairs Home


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