BRNC saved.Was it ever in Danger? Surely the solution was to axe Cranwell.


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I just had a auto feed through from Arrse which directed me to a Rum Ration thread where our salty brethren are discussing the saving of the Britania Royal Naval College.

Surely the powers that be cannot have been contemplating closing the RN's officer training establishment. If we have one to many officer training establishments it must be Cranwell. Seems to me that the RAF officers could be trained at Sandhurst. Regiment on the SMC and the rest on a PQO course or a modified PQO course.

I don't think the SMC or PQO would be suitable for Naval types given that they have to Command warships etc.
I am calling non bite and suggesting you are very much wrong on this.

I have no idea what they teach at RAF Cranwell or indeed Dartmouth; I shall google that shortly. However, I do know what they were teaching at the Factory over the past few years.

Unless the RAF have a sudden penchant for teaching their particular style of leadership through the medium of infantry tactics, I suspect that is a non starter.

Yet you do ask quite a poignant question. In this current age of down sizing and meeting the emerging threat etc, do we need to have three separate sites producing the Officers of the future arms and services. Think the unthinkable and all that; As an opening gambit, may I suggest that RMAS in terms of size is not large enough to cope with a demand of x amount of officers from all three services so a new venue would be needed. Any suggestions?
I have no idea what they teach at RAF Cranwell or indeed Dartmouth; I shall google that shortly. However, I do know what they were teaching at the Factory over the past few years.
And so here it is:

IOT is made up of three terms, each lasting 10 weeks. At the end of each term your performance will be reviewed and you’ll be given feedback, as well as advice for the next stage.

Term One
Weeks 1 – 4 Basic phase
You’ll master the basic military skills required by all RAF personnel. Fitness will become part of your daily routine and there will be regular inspections of your dress and living quarters. In addition, you’ll learn about how the RAF carries out its national defence role and works with other organisations all over the world.
Weeks 5 – 10 Leadership development
As well as learning about different techniques, you’ll take part in leadership exercises – in the classroom at first and later in the field. You’ll fire your weapon for the first time and will have the opportunity to spend a week at one of our adventurous training centres.

Term Two
Week 1 Foundation phase
Learning how to gain the trust of people you will lead takes practice, so the first week of Term Two will be spent consolidating the leadership skills you learnt during Term One.
Week 2 Military aid leadership camp
You’ll spend up to seven days in a military training area completing a series of time-sensitive exercises in full military gear. Using your new skills you’ll guide your team through a variety of challenges.
Weeks 3 – 6 RAF ethos and culture/Air power studies
As well as learning about the RAF’s ethos, culture and history, you’ll learn more about how we expect our officers to present themselves and communicate with others. Finally, you’ll receive lectures from university academics about the concept and strategies behind Air Power, which you’ll be tested on later.
Weeks 7 – 8 Military simulation
A simulated military operation will give you the opportunity to demonstrate all the skills you’ve learnt so far. We’ll create a high-pressure operational environment that’s as close to the real thing as possible. By the end of it you’ll be ready to form an essential part of a powerful military team.
Weeks 9 – 10 Recommendation to progress to the final term
If you excel during the simulated exercises, you’ll be congratulated by your Flight Commander and recommended to progress to the final term. If you found the exercises too demanding, don’t worry, you’ll be re-coursed for further training and have another chance to prove yourself.

Term Three
Weeks 1 – 5 Leadership academics/Carousel
You’ll start Term Three with a week of academic study – learning about what might be expected of you on your first posting. Following this you’ll have four weeks of training exercises that will put your leadership skills to the test in various operational settings. One of these will take place at our adventurous training centre in Scotland.
Weeks 6 – 8 Military simulation (Exercise Combat Operations Centre)
Your second simulated exercise will be based around a combat operations centre, enabling you to gain more experience of life in an operational environment. By now, much of what you do will come naturally, so it’s a great chance to refine your leadership skills.
Weeks 9 – 10 Graduation
After 30 weeks of training you’ll be ready for your graduation parade. It’s one of the proudest moments in any officer’s career, as well as a great day out for your family and friends. You’ll show off your new skills on the parade ground and receive your official commission as an officer in the RAF.

Initial Officer Training (IOT) takes place at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. The course is 28 weeks long, split into 2 Terms of 14 weeks. The training is challenging, but it is conducted in a supportive environment with experienced training staff drawn from all specializations of the RN. The entry is broken down into 6 Divisions of 24 Officer Cadets, each commanded by a Lt Divisional Officer who will take their Division through the entire programme (including deploying to sea). The first term is based entirely at Dartmouth, the second principally at sea. Dependent upon your specialization you will then either leave to conduct Phase 2 training or if a member of the Warfare Branch you will remain to conduct further training.

The aims of the course are to:

a. Stimulate, inspire and teach a new generation to act and react instinctively as naval officers in the front line.

b. Provide initial training and education for Young Officers to meet the challenging requirements of the front line.

c. Ensure that the Young Officer, having completed initial training to prescribed standards and gained an appreciation of the seagoing environment, is ready for subsequent phases of specialist training.

Term 1

The first 7 weeks are where the foundations of militarisation and Officership are laid. A 2 week induction is followed by 5 key pillars of ‘Maritime’, ‘Military’ (including the 518 Course – firing the SA80 personal weapon), ‘Staff’ (including Defence Writing and English training), ‘Command Leadership & Management’ and ‘Grit / Courage’. The second 7 weeks puts the flesh on the bones with more detailed instruction on navigation, boat handling, Warfare, an introduction to Whole Ship Organisation (Department structures and the running of a ship), Operational Planning, Marine Environment (Oceanography, Meteorology, Radar & Telecommunications and Ship Technology). In addition, you will complete Basic Sea Safety Course and conduct a Battlefield Tour during this term.

Term 2

The first 10 weeks of Term 2 comprises Initial Fleet Time (IFT). You will deploy to an Operational Capital Warship such as an Aircraft Carrier for IFT. Deployments can go all over the World but have included: Singapore, America, Dubai and the Mediterranean. Of course, it is not all about seeing the world and you will be expected to continue a busy training schedule including acquaints with all of the Ship’s department, Operation Planning training and undertaking various Ship’s duties. During the deployment you will live, eat and work alongside Junior Ratings, service personnel you will be expected to lead in the very near future. The IFT package incorporates a final assessment equivalent of Fleet Board. On completion of your Sea Training, you will return to the College for a final 4 weeks, comprising a final Maritime Leadership Exercise, a broadening week (appreciation of the wider Naval Service) and finally your Passing Out Parade.

British Army

Live and learn
Your officer training will start at the world-famous Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The Commissioning Course is 11 months long (or four weeks if you join as a Professionally Qualified Officer) and though uniquely demanding, is one of the most rewarding challenges you will undertake in life. The course will develop your capacity for decisive action in difficult circumstances and foster attitudes of selflessness and loyalty. On completion of your introductory officer training, you'll receive a commission and join your chosen regiment or corps to train as a platoon or troop commander.

Sandhurst - an overview
Sandhurst has three intakes a year, in January, May and September. Initial officer training consists of three terms, each lasting 14 weeks. Between each term, you'll get a period of leave and a week of adventurous training. You will train in a platoon of around 30 cadets, under a Captain assisted by a Colour Sergeant instructor.

Sandhurst is designed to test you physically, mentally and emotionally. You will gain a thorough appreciation of British Army doctrine and will learn the essentials of weapons, tactics and survival. You will also learn the strategic skills you will need to grasp the foundations of military thinking. You will learn how to train others in the skills of soldiering and how to get the best out of yourself, your soldiers and your equipment. Be prepared for early starts and long, tough days.

Your time at Sandhurst ends with the Sovereign's Parade, after which you will become a commissioned officer in the British Army. Foreign students also attend Sandhurst and, at this parade will become commissioned officers as well. It is a day of great pride for both you and your family.

If you have the right qualifications, there is also the option of joining as a Professionally Qualified Officer via our PQO course.

Military training is infantry-based so that everyone, no matter what their eventual regiment or corps, will have mastered the core essentials before they go on to more specialised training after Sandhurst.

Overall, the core objectives of the Commissioning Course are:

To develop commanders of courage and willpower, with the temperament for decisive action in difficult and dangerous circumstances.
To foster attitudes to integrity, selflessness and loyalty which set the soldier apart from others.
To teach Officer Cadets how to think and communicate as commanders and to foster a deep interest and care for the individual.
To achieve a grounding in British Military Doctrine and its significance in all forms of conflict.
To encourage the analysis of strategic and war studies as a foundation to military thought and wisdom.
To train Officer Cadets in the basic skills and battlefield disciplines of soldiering.
The Commissioning Course is accredited by various academic and professional institutions.
Unless the RAF have a sudden penchant for teaching their particular style of leadership through the medium of infantry tactics, I suspect that is a non starter.
Well they certainly did in 1985. Albeit badly.
It was more of a 'mood setting' than a serious attempt at teaching the nuts & bolts.
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