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  1. DangerMouse

    DangerMouse Old-Salt Moderator


    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.


    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.


    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.


    AG's Values and Standards booklets (Commanders' and Soldiers' editions).

    ????? Other ideas, please ????

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  2. msr

    msr LE

    How will this work for the TA?

  3. How about some of the G4 stuff we all had to learn for JOTES - diagrams of the ES chain, the Medevac chain and so on. By the way, last I've heard, the TA will be loaded onto the same course with the rest of us.
  4. DangerMouse

    DangerMouse Old-Salt Moderator

    Under ROCC, all officers are required to complete Military Knowledge Part 1 ('MK 1') before attending JOTAC. If you haven't seen a copy it may be worth getting eyes-on, just so you're aware of its existence in the future; all major units have 2 copies, all officers commissioning after Apr 03 have their own copy, and officers loaded on JOTAC or LEOC receive their own copy. It contains a wealth of information on a wide variery of topics, including the entire G4 piece and, as you identify, useful things such as the ES, PW, Med, and Supply chains. MK 1 is presently in the form of 6 huge booklets; these will be replaced by an internet site/CDROM by the end of the year.

    I'm 90% confident of the following: JOTAC is a three-week residential course for regular officers, with weekends off (obviously! ;-)). TA will do the last two weeks of the regular course, however they will work during the preceding, and middle weekends (with TA DS, I believe). As with regular officers, they will also have completed MK1 prior to attending JOTAC.
  5. Its in the SOHB in the second chaper, ES, Logistics and Medical Support all explained in there. Plus I do have some usefulll Power Point Presentations if required.
  6. I'd like to ask two questions please excuse any ignorance.

    1) The defence writing component, is it available seperately? (Useful skill to learn).

    2) The BDFL, it says 'includes may valuable aids to in-unit training' are they included in the section or just the catalogue listings?
  7. DangerMouse

    DangerMouse Old-Salt Moderator

    Not quite sure what you mean by that; all that's on the JOTAC CDROM is JSP 101, the Joint Service Guide to Defence Writing. Personally, I think that's all that's required by anyone - in my opinion the proliferation of a multitude of Word templates, of varying quality, and each with their own foibles, tends to breed laziness and ignorance, and prevents people actually remembering how to write things properly without the use of those templates. JSP 101 should be held in hard copy by all units, and is available electronically on the intranet (not sure what address, and I'm away from my unit on a course, so I can't check - sorry).

    ROCC introduced a formal Defence Writing package, to be delivered by distance learning as part of the Professional Studies package required prior to being eligible for the Beige List. More info at:

    I was at a briefing in March from SO1 Officer Career Development (OCD) from MCM, and I asked when the DW package would be released. As I recall, he said it would be towards the end of the year.

    The JOTAC CDROM includes the entire contents of the BDFL catalogue CDROM, less the RAF and RN demo videos which were removed to make it fit. It is just the catalogue, but there are many hundreds of videos available, and also an increasing number of CDROMs, on a diverse range of subjects. Hopefully, bringing the catalogue to a wider audience will encourage its use. (The videos are FREE, people! They cost NOTHING to either you or your unit! Why aren't more people aware of this!?!)
  8. OK further ignorance but what type of videos are these?

    "An unthinking moment", "Security first" type affair or...
  9. Whatever you do - and no matter how keen you think you are - do not watch the 'Wargaming' video by CAST(N).

    It is 60 minutes of the most godawful rubbish - you wouldn't wish it on your worst enemy.
  10. Word processor templates - now here's an idea ... Why not issue standard service writing templates for all 3 armed forces and enforce their use ? I've worked for civilian firms of comparable size that successfully do the same and refuse to believe that the forces are doomed to fail where they succeed.
  11. msr

    msr LE


    Youare quite right, however, I can't help but suspect that the civilian firms have also put a workstation on the desk of everyone who needs one and trained their staff how to use it....

  12. Such a template was released and made available to individuals on courses such as JDSC etc.

    The templates were supported for a while through downloadable amendments online - but this has now ceased.

    I agree with an earlier point regarding an element of laziness creeping in through the use of templates. SD is perfectly straightforward - and I know of many officers who still use the handbook given out at Sandhurst as a reference guide!

    Like all 'black arts', it has its self-made experts (so called SD Nazis), which is why some people still use really archaic formatting, such as TNR size 10 in Bold for headers - because that was the way a previous boss liked it. What next - OpOs in Verdana or Comic Sans? :D
  13. Well, now you come to mention it ... they do. Because it is demonstrably the cheapest way to produce documents. The overheads are far lower than for any other method - typing pools cost a fortune ! (Surely no-one uses those anymore)
  14. DangerMouse

    DangerMouse Old-Salt Moderator

    The catalogue is huge, but to illustrate:

    The main menu lists the following categories:

    Air Defence
    Armed Conflict & Military Law
    Armed Forces History
    Communications & Signals
    Driving, Vehicle & Road Safety
    First Aid & Medical
    Flight Safety and Passenger Briefs
    General Briefing and Information
    Health, Safety, Welfare & Environment
    Helicopter Operations
    Instruction and Skill at Arms
    Internal Security
    Land Warfare General Briefing and Information
    Map Reading & Navigation
    Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Defence & Warfare
    Officer Training
    Out of Area Operations
    Physical, Recreational and Training
    Radar and Electronic Warfare
    Recruiting Group
    Security, Personal, Document and Physical
    Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Night Observation and Counter Surveillance
    Tactics and Doctrine
    Territorial and Reserve Forces
    Weapons General

    To illustrate some of the titles available in the Infantry, and Armed Forces History sections:


    A Soldiers Story
    Armoured Battlegroup in the Quick Attack
    The Gurkha Soldier
    Jungle Water Safety
    Non-Disruptive Search
    Observe & Report
    Patrolling Part 1 - The Recce Patrol
    Patrolling Part 2 - The Fighting Patrol
    Person Search
    Route Search (High Risk)
    Route Search (Low Risk)
    Section Fire & Manoeuvre
    The Infantry Section Commander
    Vehicle Search

    ARMED FORCES HISTORY: (Useful for battlefield tours, prep for ICSC, etc.)

    A Battalion in Battle
    Battle for The Rhineland Part 1 - Operation Veritable, The First Three Days
    Battle for the Rhineland Part 2 - Operation Veritable. From Kleve to Goch.
    Battle for the Rhineland Part 3 - Final Moves
    Bridge at Remagen
    Burma Victory
    Comrades in Arms
    Cyprus - The Emergency Part 1
    Cyprus - The Emergency Part 2
    Cyprus - The Final Round Part 1
    Cyprus - The Final Round Part 2
    Desert Victory
    Falklands - The Land Battle Part 1 - The Landings
    Falklands - The Land Battle Part 2 - Towards Stanley
    Falklands - The Land Battle Part 3 - The Final Battle
    Falklands the Land Battle Part 4 - In the Light of Experience
    Fighting in Built Up Areas 1939-1945 Part 1 - Calais
    Fighting in Built Up Areas 1939-1945 Part 2 - Ortona
    Fighting in Built Up Areas 1939-1945 Part 3 - Goch
    From the Vistula to Oder
    Harbour Goes to France
    How Egypt Crossed the Canal
    London Salutes the Task Force
    02 Mobile Operations in Normandy: The Case of the 8th Armoured Brigade, 6-12 June 1944
    Peacekeepers - Indonesian Confrontation - Part 1
    Peacekeepers - Indonesian Confrontation Part 2
    Peacekeepers - Malayan Insurrection - Part 1
    Peacekeepers - Malayan Insurrection - Part 2
    Peacekeepers - Malayan Insurrection - Part 3
    Peacekeepers - Malayan Insurrection - Part 4
    Peacekeepers - South Arabia - Muscat & Oman - Part 1
    Peacekeepers - South Arabia - Muscat & Oman - Part 2
    Peacekeepers South Arabia - Radfan - Part 1
    Peacekeepers South Arabia - Radfan - Part 2
    The Ardennes Offensive Part 2 - Hold at All Cost
    The Ardennes Offensive Part 3 - Forget Bastogne - Head for the Meuse
    The Ardennes Offensive: Part 1 - A Calculated Risk
    The Breakout from Normandy 1944
    The Bruneval Raid
    The Destruction of Army Group Centre June 1944
    The Eastern Front Part 1 - Barbarossa Ð The Invasion
    The Eastern Front Part 2 - To Stalingrad
    The Eastern Front Part 3 - Von Manstein's Counterstroke
    The Falkland Islands Campaign Part 1
    The Falkland Islands Campaign Part 2
    The Falkland Islands Campaign Part 3
    The Falkland Islands Campaign Part 4
    The Fall of Hong Kong
    The Gulf Conflict Part 1 - Defensive Operations
    The Gulf Conflict Part 1 - Defensive Operations
    The Gulf Conflict Part 2 - Preparation for War
    The Gulf Conflict Part 2 - Preparation for War
    The Gulf Conflict Part 3 - The Liberation of Kuwait
    The Gulf Conflict Part 3 - The Liberation of Kuwait
    The Gurkha Soldier
    The Gurkha Soldier (Short Version)
    The Soviet Military Mind . . . An Insight Part 1 - Attitude to War
    The Soviet Military Mind . . . An Insight Part 2 - Background to Military Thinking
    The Soviet Military Mind . . . An Insight Part 3 - The Development of the Military System
    The Soviet Military Mind . . . An Insight Part 4 - The Making of the Soviet Soldier
    The True Glory
    War in Korea - Looking Back Part 1 - Holding on the Naktong
    War in Korea - Looking Back Part 2 - To the Yalu and Back
    War in Korea - Looking Back Part 3 - Stalemate and Truce
    War in Korea - Looking Back Part 4 - Lessons
  15. Yeah, but they did make it themselves on a shoestring, i.e. zero, budget. So, wonderful acting, and great camerawork from someone's own videocamera :)

    (Mental picture of SO1 CAST(N) in riding breeches and an HLS beret with a cone-shaped magaphone in one of the canvas chairs shouting "ACTION!")

    Still, they didn't make us sit through all of it on the Combat Estimate conversion weekend a couple of months ago (aka "7 Questions for the TA", or "no, honest, we aren't using this to assess you, not at all", or "how cool is GOC 3 Div")