Friday, July 14, 2017

AFP eyes joint training, educational module for service branches

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jul 14): AFP eyes joint training, educational module for service branches

Armed Forces of the Philippines foresees a joint field training exercise and synchronized educational module for its service branches.

“We believe the foundation for great soldiers is the educational training. The [making of the] joint module is a challenge because the three branches of services need to be synchronized, but educational and training enhancement is really necessary,” Naval Education and Training Command Commander Rear Admiral Jorge Amba said during the first tri-service staff-to-staff talks with Air Education, Training and Doctrine Command (AETDC) and Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

“Joint instructional packages are now being developed. Although a joint training manual has been published in 2014, its implementation and utilization is undergoing validation for now,” he clarified.

Both AETDC Commander Major General Galileo Gerard Kintanar and TRADOC Commander Brigadier General Casiano Monilla agreed to lobby for the said module and do not see any problem with it.

However, Kintanar suggested the accomplished module should be used and taught in the pre-entry level and the advanced level.

“The module, including the joint field training exercises, should be adopted in both the pre-entry and advanced levels for the Officer Preparatory Course and Officer Candidate School. Components should be discussed and the mechanism should be implemented to fully establish this synchronized educational module,” he explained.

For his part, Monilla said further study and discussion will be held for the content of this module as more consultations will result to a better output, which will benefit all.

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