BACKGROUND 1. General. The Junior Officers Tactical Awareness Course (JOTAC) is a 3 week residential course for all substantive Direct Entry Lieutenants with at least 18 months commissioned service. It takes place at the Land Warfare School at Warminster. Courses started in Jan 04. The course endstate is an officer who has the requisite combat knowledge required of a sub-unit 2IC, a Watchkeeper, a liaison officer and, with further training, a specialist troop commander or combat staff officer. 2. Aim. The aim of JOTAC is: To prepare officers to be junior Captains by raising their awareness of combined arms tactics and by developing their combat staff skills. 3. Format. The emphasis of JOTAC is on learning, not selection. It will consist primarily of TEWTs and classroom exercises assisted by computer simulation. It will focus at sub-unit level, but with exposure to the Battlegroup and Brigade level. The course will feed off the knowledge gained through the RMAS CC, Phase 2 Young Officers training and the Military Knowledge 1 distance learning package. DISCUSSION A CDROM has been created that is being issued to all JOTAC students. The original 'proof of concept' version has been issued to two JOTAC courses already, and the INVALs coming back have been very favourable. The CDROM's Main Effort is the inclusion of the Army Electronic Battlebox, a guide the the use of the battlebox, and a list of lesson references linking JOTAC lessons to the relevant current doctrine. (In lieu of the Army's traditional option on training coursees of issuing either hard copies of bespoke Powerpoint presentations - or CDROMs of them - either of which immediately begin to date, and are not subject to amendment.) Additional items were added in order to fill the CDROM and provide the maximum use of the space available. The current CDROM is filled up, and the master was finalised last week, but it will be revised at the end of the year, in sync with the publication of the new edition (version eight) of the DGD&D electronic battlebox. This will represent the next opportunity to reconsider the contents of the CDROM. Since ALL ROCC-era (i.e. commissioned post-Apr 03) officers must complete JOTAC the CDROM offers a unique opportunity to get information directly to junior officers in a way that the internet, and the intranet, do not, due to classification and accessibility issues respectively. The contents currently reflect merely what has evolved over the last few months, and it would be interesting to hear people's views on what else may be useful. I would be interested to hear people's opinions on what files should be included. PRESENT CONTENTS JOTAC Information. Information, primarily for units' benefit, outlining the JOTAC syllabus, and prior preparation required by students. Electronic Battle Box Version 7 - Disk 1 (Doctrine). The British Army Electronic Battle Box (The Battle Box) consists of, primarily, the published output of the Directorate General of Development and Doctrine (DGD&D) and the Arms and Service Directorates (A&SD). The intention is to produce an operational reference library or 'electronic battle box' containing every operational publication of an All-Arms nature, thereby reducing the volume of paper which has to be taken on deployment. While electronic documents can never completely take the place of paper versions, they do present opportunities for some reduction in conventional printing, and provide up-to-date information (hard copies are frequently not updated). British Defence Film Library catalogue 2004-05. BDFL supplies training programmes to all three Armed Services from a master library of approximately 3500 titles. This includes many invaluable aids to in-unit training. Observations from Training 2003. Part of the Electronic Battlebox - separate link for ease of use. JOTAC Electronic Battle Box Guide. The JOTAC guide to using the Electronic Battle Box. JOTAC Lesson References List. List of Battle Box references linked to JOTAC lessons. JSP 101: Joint Service Staff Manual - Defence Writing. The definitive guide to Defence Writing. Tactical Map Marking Tuition Program. A series of lessons, tests and games to familiarise officers with APP6A map marking symbology. Electronic Forms Library. Collection of Army electronic forms, including 1771 claims, F266 signal messages, FMT 1000 transport requests, and leave and travel applications. APP6A Map Marking Fonts. Fonts which can be installed on your computer and used in Word, PowerPoint, etc. Refer to the "Read Me" file. Officer Career Development Information. Various OCD and ROCC files from the APC Web site, including the Officer Career Development Handbook and JSP 505 (OJAR guide). Power Pointers. A guide to the creation of effective and professional PowerPoint presentations. Miscellaneous Articles. Various articles and documents that may be of interest. FUTURE CONTENTS AG's Values and Standards booklets (Commanders' and Soldiers' editions). ????? Other ideas, please ????