British mentors nurturing ANA leadership.KABUL (PAN): As coalition forces continue to take on a mentoring role in helping Afghanistan's reconstruction, one aspect of this process includes encouraging a rank structure within the Afghan National Army Afghan National Army (ANA) is a service branch of the Military of Afghanistan that is currently being trained by the to ultimately take the lead in land-based military operations. (ANA). At Camp Stone in the western Herat province, British mentors are assisting senior Afghan troops to provide a six-week Non-Commissioned Officer A non-commissioned officer (sometimes noncommissioned officer), also known as an NCO or Noncom, is an enlisted member of an armed force who has been given authority by a commissioned officer. (NCO NCO
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Our goal is to help them understand the importance of a rank system and learn to delegate responsibility.
As a mentor, Cover shadows the instructors and offers suggestions based on experience.
My priority is to the instructors and to make sure what they are teaching their students is accurate, he said.
They teach the course,they give the information,and I am there only to assist and give my experience in the Army,Cover added. During the course,students are taught correct weapons handling techniques, leadership skills and tactical decision-making.
The British mentors agree that the most important thing the ANA students can take from this course is confidence. We need them to understand that if their commanding officer is taken out in battle, they have the leadership skills to still lead the firefight fire·fight
An exchange of gunfire, as between infantry units. because theyve been properly and effectively trained. According to the mentors, ANA forces have no real rank structure after entering the service as a private.
One might be promoted to sergeant major,but other than that, there are no NCOs or senior NCOs, remarked Cover. So basically, they have no chain of command to follow.
Cover said he feels the British Army mentorship is working.
They are in control, they dont have to take our advice, but they do respect our role here to help them become independent.
We are not here to change them,but to see the benefits of upward mobility through the ranks,he said. In six weeks,we cant completely accomplish that,but they will be better prepared to continue toward that goal in the future.
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