ISAF is continuing to transfer its knowledge and skill to its Afghan counterpart, the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
Several hundred Afghan National Army soldiers from the 215th Corps’ newly formed 6th Kandak recently completed additional specialised training at the Regional Corps Battle School in Camp Shorabak.
The training is a combination of classes during the final week of each soldier’s specific Military Occupational Specialty, during which they learn proper techniques on how to forcefully enter an enemy-occupied building or compound, explosive ordnance disposal techniques and patrolling methods.
All of the ANA soldiers that graduated with 6th Kandak attended the basic warrior training, and many received additional courses including military operations in urban terrain, a D-30 122 mm howitzer class, and casualty evacuation training with the ANA Mi-17 helicopters.
“Approximately 508 students participated in the training, and will be forward-deployed elements for 4th Brigade,” said Master Sgt. Chris Willenbecher, operations chief of Regional Corps Battle School, 215th Corps Security Force Assistance Advisor Team (SFAAT), Regional Command (Southwest). “Eight months ago, these soldiers were regular civilians; they have come a long way. They are disciplined and have shown leadership throughout the course.”
Coalition forces with the 215th Corps SFAAT have trained each Afghan instructor at the course as part of building ANSF’s capacity to conduct such courses on their own.
Upon completion of the course, the soldiers formed the 6th Kandak, a new battalion that will fall under the 4th Brigade of the 215th Corps in Helmand province. The soldiers will bring with them the tactics and techniques learned throughout their training and apply them to future operations.
The course is entirely Afghan-operated, with coalition forces from the 215th Corps SFAAT advising only on specific learning points or techniques when needed.
“Afghans led the entire process,” said Willenbecher. “From day one, this class has been a success. I am very pleased with the overall leadership they presented during the past eight months.”