What is the Urban Operators Instructors Course?

The British Army’s Urban Operators Instructors Course was established in 2012 (MOD, 2012).

The course is delivered at Copehill Down, Salisbury Plain, and is designed specifically for soldiers who are already instructors, and is the first of its kind to give a formal qualification.

The course is delivered to approximately 100 students per year.

Although the British Army has conducted urban training previously, this is the first all arms course.

In week one, the students are taught all the information they require to progress on to week two of the course where they learn how to teach that information to others. Students are then qualified to instruct soldiers back in their parent units.

Students also undertake a Low Level Urban Skills Trainer (LLUST) package during the course. In 2012, there were only two LLUST systems in the UK at the moment: one at Catterick and one at Copehill Down in Wiltshire. The electronic system monitors students/soldiers as they go through a training drill in a building siege, which is then digitally displayed in an auditorium to talk though the development points.


MOD (Ministry of Defence) (2012) Army and RAF Step Up Training for Close Quarters Combat. Available from World Wide Web: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/army-and-raf-step-up-training-for-close-quarters-combat. [Accessed: 03 September, 2018].


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