What is the Combined Arms Tactics Course (CATAC)?

Aim of the Course

The course aim is to train sub-unit commanders of the combat and combat support arms in the practical application of combined arms’ tactics in order to prepare them for operations in high intensity war fighting at subunit level within or in support of a battle group.

Endstate: An officer who can command a sub-unit within or in support of a battle group in high intensity war fighting operations.

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

  • Captain (OF-2) to Major (OF-3).
  • Normally Sub-unit Commanders of Armoured, Combat Service Support, Mechanised or Air Assault battle groups but is particularly valuable for those who are about to take up appointments as a company/squadron/battery commander are eligible to attend the course.
  • Artillery forward observation officers may also attend.
  • It is also open to staff officers who are about to take up tactics teaching posts and to operations officers of the combat and combat support arms.
  • IELTS level 5.5.
  • 3-4 years of Regimental Duty.
  • An understanding of British Military Doctrine and terminology would be most useful although this is covered in the pre-course for international students.


Three (3) weeks, with two (2) courses per year.


Armour Centre Warminster.

Outline of Course

Focuses on combined arms operations at the battle group level. Over 50% of the course is practical in nature. The course is focussed on high intensity war fighting. It involves presentations, classroom discussions and field training exercises covering all aspects of war using practical simulation training aids. Significant emphasis is placed on syndicate discussion and sharing of experience and expertise.

  • Phase 1: G1/G4.
  • Phase 2: Combat estimate.
    • Tactics, techniques and procedures examined by means of tactical exercise without troops and model exercises.
  • Phase 3:
    • Phase 3 culminates with Ex LIONS STRIKE – a field training exercise based on an armoured/light infantry battle group.
    • Aspects practised include offensive operations, movement drills, harbour drills, obstacle crossing, operations in urban areas.

Qualifications Gained



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