What is International Defence Training (Army)?

Introduction The British Army is a highly professional organisation with extensive experience in training officers, soldiers, defence civilian staff and international students. It is rightly acknowledged as a leader in the provision of world class military training. Background This training expertise, coupled with the British Army’s operational record ensures that training is delivered from a… Read More

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What is the IDT MTT?

When a nation would like to provide training to a number of its military personnel or seek assurance on current practices, when it would be more convenient and cost-effective to achieve this at home then the International Defence Training – Maritime Training Team (IDT MTT) can be provided for in-country training and support. The IDT… Read More

New Look Warrant Officer Education Course

The new-look career syllabus for warrant officers has been published, with pilot courses starting this month. Unlike the Army leadership and development programme (ALDP) for corporals and sergeants, the two component modules – military training and military education – have been integrated into a single three week package combining e-learning and classroom-based lessons. Regulars will… Read More

Mutual Gain…

“If soldiers are punished before they have grown attached to you, they will not prove submissive; and unless submissive, they will be practically useless. If, when the soldiers have become attached to you, punishments are not enforced, they will still be useless.Therefore soldiers must be treated in the first instance with humanity, but kept under… Read More

Fine Training…

“No speech of admonition can be so fine that it will at once make those who hear it good men if they are not good already; it would surely not make archers good if they had not had practice in shooting, neither could it make lancers good, nor horsemen; it cannot even make men able… Read More

What is the Agoge?

Introduction The agōgē (Greek: ἀγωγή in Attic Greek, or ἀγωγά, agōgā in Doric Greek) was the rigorous education and training programme mandated for all male Spartan citizens, except for the firstborn son in the ruling houses, Eurypontid and Agiad. The training involved cultivating loyalty to the Spartan group, military training (e.g. pain tolerance), hunting, dancing,… Read More

The Impact of Mindset & Persistence Through (Arduous) Training

Research Paper Title Stress, Mindsets, and Success in Navy SEALs Special Warfare Training. Background Mindsets can impact an individual’s performance in stressful experiences such as public speaking or receiving negative feedback. Yet we know little about the boundary conditions of where these mindsets predict success, and where they may become irrelevant or even maladaptive. The… Read More