Command task ban

#1
Imagine my surprise last night when I went back to my parent TAC only to be told by the Lieutenant who normally looks after me that he was not allowed to let me do the command tasks he had prepared, because of an order from the RTC forbidding any officer type training which is not conducted by them.

Seems a bit draconian to me, does this happen in other RTCs?

OCdt
 
#2
Could be a bit of empire building going on, "we're an extension of RMAS, you're not" not being OTW I couldn't pass comment apart from that.
 
#4
No wibbling whatsoever.

The comment I made was ( wrongly ) interpreted by you as a dig against Officers. It was not. It was a gentle hint that, if the Command Task was opened up to all levels of Command - for clarification that includes WOs and SNCOs, JNCOs and ORs - INCLUDING O/CDTS then the youth involved could perform a Command Task.

(Cunningly un-stealth edit by me, as emphasis no longer required, whereas the comment remains valid, and also the big red letters hurt my eyes. OS.)
 
#5
42BdeOCdt said:
Imagine my surprise last night when I went back to my parent TAC only to be told by the Lieutenant who normally looks after me that he was not allowed to let me do the command tasks he had prepared, because of an order from the RTC forbidding any officer type training which is not conducted by them.

Seems a bit draconian to me, does this happen in other RTCs?

OCdt
sounds like bollox to me. How else will an O/Cdt gain broad and in-depth expereince if he/she is not to practice away from the OTW?

The 42 Bde OTW should be put back in their box.
 
#6
42BdeOCdt said:
Imagine my surprise last night when I went back to my parent TAC only to be told by the Lieutenant who normally looks after me that he was not allowed to let me do the command tasks he had prepared, because of an order from the RTC forbidding any officer type training which is not conducted by them.
Back OT... since when have RTCs dictated TA training nights?

Officers need to read maps, so no mapreading.. weapons might need to be fired, so bin the SAA.. fit officers? Well howdy doody... etc etc

No further questions m'lud.
 

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#7
Dear All -

This thread heavily edited:

a. Because I can.

b. Because the exchange between MSR and BB, despite its few amusing points, was not really germane to this, rather interesting, topic.

Back to the Thread, please.


OS
 
#8
Bravo_Bravo said:
Back OT... since when have RTCs dictated TA training nights?
Since Tuesday night, according to the original poster...

But back to the thread: Do other RTC/OTW's insist on this?

msr
 
#9
IMHO if this kind of centralist doctrine goes on it will bring the whole thing into disrepute since units will just go on and do it on the QT anyway. RTCs do not have the manpower to check all officer training at all units. In any event whilst RTCs are indisputably responsible for officer training, to extend this to banning units from doing something as simple as command tasks is idiotic. As a CO I would ignore such diktat.

(and anyway as a trainee lawyer I would state it was senior nco training).
 
#10
There are always ways round this kind of diktat, anyway, e.g. you must have a PTI for a PT lesson, but you don't need one for a Battle Lesson even if it includes strenuous exertion. A similarly imaginative approach could be employed here.

All this will achieve IMO will be to undermine the OTW and make them look ridiculous.
 
#11
really officers need to map read :D
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :twisted:

we'll basha up where all the contour lines are nice and close together :twisted:
 
#12
In reply to the original post.

You'll probably find that someone somewhere has asked that OCDTs are limited to their exposure to command tasks.

i.e don't do command task that are being used at RTC, move the 5 tires, cross the acid filled pit, get through the white mine tape net, get over the 6ft wall using two pole a small Gurka and a length of knicker elastic etc, as this negates the reason for doing them at RTC.

Command tasks can't and shouldn't be taught verbatim, (sure teach the process) but they are designed to bring the commander out of the group, your Subby should be concentrating on things like map reading, 7 questions, estimate/orders, passing ASBO etc
 
#13
waitout said:
your Subby should be concentrating on things like map reading, 7 questions, estimate/orders, passing ASBO etc
ASBO? I know mess rugby can get a bit rough, but still!...
 
#15
AOSB is happily know as ASBO :D

Its the new name for Regular/TA Commissioning Board, Army Officer Selection Board.
 
#16
Nothing wrong with doing command type tasks. They are as applicable to PJNCOs as POs.

RTCs have no remit to dictate the contents of your training programme. If there is any restriction, then it will come through the CoC, it won't, because its clearly nonsense.

Command tasks are a tool for assessing leadership potential, just because you know 'the DS solution' to a particular problem won't necessarily help, its how you go about the task that's important, more than the end result. You can fail to complete the task and demonstrate the required level of potential, and vice versa.

Lets face it, the tasks at Westbury have been been in existing for getting on for 50 -60 years at least, so they really aren't a trade secret.
 
#17
On a recent visit to my local RTC OTW I confirmed with them the relationship between the OTW, OCdts/POs and parent units.

Their line was that they run 1 weekend a month which must be the first priority for the PO. All other training, weekend or drill night is in the hands of the parent unit. They ask that 7Qs is not taught at unit level (mainly because RMAS does it 'differently' from everywhere else in the Army!) but any other training, especially exposure to leadership positions is encouraged.

Command task ban? My Arrse!
 

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