By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
GREENVILLE, Ky. – Soldiers from the 149th Maneuver Improvement Brigade took part in the Light Leader course at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center March 6-15.
Ranger instructors from the Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning worked in conjunction with the 238th Regional Training Institute to deliver a fast and challenging course that consisted of classroom training, Situational Training Exercise Pathways (STX), land navigation and marksmanship.
“The selling point of this course is that all of my instructors are trained rangers,” said 1st Sgt. Joshua Eaton, Alpha Company First Sergeant. “They get it straight from the horse’s mouth. Additionally, it’s not only that they are tactically and technically proficient, it’s that they are certified to be Army Instructors on Small Unit Tactics and How to Teach How to Be Team Leaders. and squad leaders.
Soldiers have to absorb a lot of information in a short period of time because there is a lot of information to be conveyed in a very short time. Something that could best be described as drinking water from a fire hose according to Eaton.
“The training has been good,” said Spc. Alec Van Alstine, carpenter and masonry specialist at the 149th Engineer Vertical Construction Company. “Especially when working with the Rangers, there are things I’ve seen before, but here it’s a lot more detailed now.”
The information that is dumped on LLC Soldiers covers a wide variety of infantry tactics that are important to making effective fighters.
“We teach them everything from reaction to contact, to squad attack, to breaking contact, to conducting an ambush,” Eaton said. “We have to do it in a classroom first, and then we take them out and do practical exercises and teach them while explaining how to perform each of these exercises. Then the culminating event is the FTX portion of our training where it all takes place and they are able to conduct a full combat patrol.
“A lot of this stuff is probably over their heads, especially our E-1s and E-2s,” said Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Braly, Platoon Sergeant, during Ranger Training Assessment (RTAC). “Here we are playing more of a care-led role so they can see what law looks like. ”
Instructors were to ensure that every soldier was on the same page and spent time clearly articulating the roles and responsibilities of each student in their squad.
“We opened the course with assumptions of command, roles, duties and responsibilities so that everyone knows what is expected of each position,” said Braly. “It’s important that they know that because at some point we’re going to pivot them into leadership positions and that exposes them to what they should be doing for their teams. At the heart of it all, every soldier is first and foremost a rifleman and we want that to come through their heads.
Being a rifleman is a soldier’s number one priority above anything else, regardless of their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). Obtaining this high quality training gives soldiers many useful tools to make them better equipped to be effective in the combat force.
Classroom training is important to help visualize methods, but soldiers learn most in the field. They can put everything they have learned into action.
“I’m the type to get involved in the classes so the classrooms aren’t my cup of tea, but once I started to get into them I liked the hands-on exercises they did.” were doing, ”said Van Alstine.
From day one to about days four and five, the instructors began to see the soldiers understand what was being taught.
“I think they’re a little overwhelmed,” Eaton said. “That’s a lot of information to assimilate all at once. But I think they’re starting to pull it together and hold it back as fast as humanly possible, but you can start to see the bulbs in their heads light up as they start to take it in ”,
Although soldiers are not infantry, the material covered can be picked up and applied to each of their units.
“You can use what we’ve learned about op orders and translate it into mission planning for building structures; my unit is emphasizing the importance of infantry skills, basic soldier skills, so they are starting to incorporate them more into our training so that it benefits everyone, ”said Van Alstine.
While students will not become Ranger qualified once they leave the course, they will certainly be exposed to what it would be like if they so chose to go this route in the future and can use it for their own sake. ‘improve as a soldier and as a person.
“Our training is primarily aimed at training future team leaders, we take them from knowing nothing about skill level one combat drills, and moving them to the ability to brief a leader’s operations order. team and competently conduct a squad operation in the field. Eaton said.
|Date posted:||02/04/2020 11:58|
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