For those that are required (Current NCO) or those who wish to attend to be further trained and eligible for promotion, here is a brief snapshot of the course sessions and the lessons for each session:
Planning and running this course is a considerable undertaking, with content being written and lesson plans being developed for instructors to deliver this training, so those attending are required to take the training seriously and be willing to step up to demonstrate they have taken on board the content through assessment tasks to confirm basic skills.
In our operational missions, be they standard tac mission or MSO session, NCO's will be expected to step up and take command of their troops utilising the skills learned in training. After the course no one is expected to be awesome at leading a section, but with practice members will become effective section commanders. There is an expectation that NCO will not only have the responsibility of leading their sections, but some administration tasks following operations. You want to hold the rank, expect to do some work to support your section.
The lessons will follow a formal format, so when training is being conducted, game face on, no mucking around, listen and learn. We will still have fun though.
The training is not designed to be difficult, but it will challenge you at times and require you to step up and take command of your section in some stressful situations. You'll need to think of not just your section, but the overall situation you are in, and the battlespace as a whole as it relates to your mission task.
We are lifting our overall standards, and expecting a greater level of professionalism and operational competence, this course will support that aim. I encourage all members to nominate themselves for this course when it starts. Session one will be starting this month. Sessions can be repeated for those that miss out on initial dates, so everyone will get a run whether you can make it the first time or not.
*This course is open to OCB members only
Comments and feedback welcome.