MATTs replace ITDs

#1
I understand ITD's are the latest thing to get the heave -ho and be replaced with the new labour version, Military annual training tests. As I understand, there are six MATTS, replacing 12 ITDs. And the level you have to achieve depends on your unit level of readiness, with different levels for regs and TA. Anyone know what the six MATTs are?, and has anyone dseen or done an assessment of what impact it means on trg progs. I understand they only have to attempted, not passed. No slipping of standards there, then.
 
#2
Not gospel but this is what I was told earlier this year:

Weapons
Physs
First Aid
Recognition
Security
Map Reading

all the rest are going to be annual briefs

Note no NBC - will be done prior to Ops if reqd.
 
#3
I have heard that the MATTs will replace the existing ITDs from Apr 06. They will consist of 6 seperate MATTS.

1. Shooting
2. Fitness
3. First aid
4. CBRN (NBC in old money)
5. Map reading (New)
6. Values and Standards or the Super 6! (This is subdivided into Values and Standards, Law of Armed Conflict, Security, Personal Health, Substance Misuse and Equality and Diversity).

As warcorro states I have also heard the levels are are linked to readiness and they differ slightly for Regs and TA.

I have also heard that they come with a brand new "all singing" supporting package of DVDs, CD Roms, Instructor notes right down to individual ISPECS! etc. The idea to make the running of them much more user friendly and easier to administer. This can only be a good thing with everything else we have to do!

They are, I'm told, with the exception of some of the MATT 6, a PASS or FAIL with remedial action for failures etc. This includes the BPFA (Test now not assessment?).

Recognition I beleive is going to be covered elsewhere and be more Theatre Specific.
 
#6
So do the existing tests - APWT and BPFA - say the same? IS CBRN test any different from old NBC ITD? Is AFV regonition scrapped? Is there an issued test for mapreading, or do we make one up at local level? Have looked through recent DCIs and Army Briefing Notes but have seen nothing on this.
 
#7
warcorro said:
So do the existing tests - APWT and BPFA - say the same? IS CBRN test any different from old NBC ITD? Is AFV regonition scrapped? Is there an issued test for mapreading, or do we make one up at local level? Have looked through recent DCIs and Army Briefing Notes but have seen nothing on this.
I am told the MATT has 3 levels- level 3 is for non deployable units (HQsand Commands etc), level 2 is for units such as deployable HQs, some Training units and the TA and level 1, the highest level to acheive, is for everyone else, the vast majority of army units. I believe the APWT test remains the same but it will depend on what level you are at whether you do the "full" APWT as we know it now. For example those at Level 1 it remains unchanged. BPFA is same altough green is a pass everything else is a fail. CBRN has been revamped and made more practical at levels 1 & 2 with mandatory RTF practices (units need to ensure they have sufficient IPE) and level 3 is not tested. Recognition is done elsewhere outside of the MATT system and is dependent on role. The new packs will contain all the material required to administer, run and test the MATTS (inc Map reading although units can apply the tests to any map(s) they possess). My source tells me there will be a comprehensive communications plan with the usual posters but also roadshows, emails, radio (BFBS) and other methods of spreading the word prior to Apr 06.
 
#11
The BPFA is I am told to become the PFT. Map Reading will be more Navigation based with an emphasis on being outdoors not doing 6 fig grids in a classroom. Not reall sure of much more than that yet.
 
#12
There are apparently Roadshows coming up over the next few weeks and there was an ABN released today on the AGWEB.

Accordingly so, there is a MATT 7. PIE Recognition.
 
#13
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#14
Under the new MATTs all old BCDT have to attend a one day workshop/lecture to be converted to MATT, MCM div will keep a record of all converted instructors, all those who don't make the day lecture will no longer be able to instruct. yet another first aid teaching mess about.
 
#15
Dale the snail said:
There are apparently Roadshows coming up over the next few weeks and there was an ABN released today on the AGWEB.
Any other news on the ABN? Looked at the AG Web today at work and could not find it on the list with the other ABN.
 
#16
Recognition training will be done at (a very) basic level during Phase 1. From then on it will be determined by Arm of Service Directors (DRAC, HQ INF, DRA, DAAvn etc.) dependants on role and rank. If anyone needs to know any more just let me know.
 
#17
The latest word from my 'source' is:

"The roadshows are under way around the bazaars between now and end of Mar and should have been advertised via Bdes. This includes BFG and Cyprus. All material i.e. the very comprehensive MATT and WIP packs, now with contractor who is to mass produce for distribution to all units mid Mar. Soldier Mag to run feature in Mar edition. There is a ABN published. The wheels are in motion as I type to place it (the MATTs and WIP) on both AGWEB and the internet through the serving soldier site.
 
#18
Darthtater said:
Dale the snail said:
There are apparently Roadshows coming up over the next few weeks and there was an ABN released today on the AGWEB.
Any other news on the ABN? Looked at the AG Web today at work and could not find it on the list with the other ABN.
Its ABN 03-06. Edited to say that I have discovered the joys of copy and paste (excuse the tabs)


Serial No: B03/06 Source: DITrg(A)

Date: 2 February 06 Released by: Def PR(A)

MAINTAINING ARMY COMMON MILITARY SKILLS

ISSUE

New training to revise Army Common Military Skills, to replace ITD(A)s, comes into effect on 1 Apr 06. The new training, consisting of Military Annual Training Tests (MATTs) and a Workplace Induction Programme (WIP), include annual revision and testing of individual military skills and periodic briefing on policy issues and regulations.

KEY POINTS

The new training comes into effect from 1 Apr 06.
The new training is set at 3 levels to reflect the role of units and individuals.
The TA will introduce MATTs at Level 2 over 2 years.
The effectiveness of all training is to be tested.
The new training is compulsory for all Army personnel, Regular and TA.
The highest level is to be attained prior to commencing pre-deployment training.
Remedial training is to be incorporated for individuals needing further revision.
New training packs will be delivered direct to units in Mar 06.
New training material will be available on the DI Trg(A) Intranet website in Feb 06.

BACKGROUND

The Army Common Military Skills training structure comprises a WIP and MATTs. It will come into effect on 1 Apr 06. It applies to all Army officers and soldiers wherever they are employed. The WIP and MATTs comprise the following sections:


WIP MATT
Security Briefing
Health & Safety at Work Briefing
Personal Health Standards Briefing
Equality & Diversity Briefing
Location Specific Briefings
MATT 1 – Personal Weapon Training
MATT 2 – Fitness Training
MATT 3 – Battlefield Casualty Drills
MATT 4 – CBRN
MATT 5 – Map Reading & Navigation
MATT 6 – Values & Standards

The WIP comprises a half-day programme of briefings and is mandatory for all, including TA units. All individuals, civilian and military, are to complete the WIP within 4 weeks of joining a new unit. The WIP is to be repeated for individuals at least once every 3 years, particularly if they remain in the same unit or location, in order to revise their skills and be briefed on new policies. Unit commanders may add further briefings to meet the need of each unit or location.

MATTs are focused on maintaining personal skills and attitudes that contribute to operational effectiveness. The top level of MATT, Level 1, will require 4 days of training and testing. MATT Levels 2 and 3 will require 2 and 1 days of training and testing, respectively. The content of each MATT at each level is outlined in the table below, with the full requirement detailed in the relevant training pack.

MATT 1 Shooting
MATT 2 Fitness
MATT 3 Battlefield Casualty Drills (BCD)
MATT 4 CBRN
MATT 5 Map Reading & Navigation
MATT 6 Values & Standards

Level 1
APWT
2 x WHT All:
CFT
2 x PFT
All Level 2 skills plus BCD Battle skills
All Level 2 skills plus drills, duties of CBRN sentry, warnings and alarms. MR Level 2 and navigation ex
Level 3

1 x WHT All:
2 x PFT
Incident and casualty management, bleeding, clear airway Nil Nil

A new package has been developed to enhance training in Army Values and Standards. It comprehensively addresses the need for the chain of command to take the lead in developing and maintaining military ethos. The delivery of MATT 6 is a key task for the unit chain of command, assisted by the chaplain. The RSM or senior warrant officer is to play a key part in delivering this training. MATT 6 has a direct focus on Values and Standards and the relationship of Law of Armed Conflict, E&D, substance misuse, security and sexual health to operational effectiveness.

Individuals are to achieve a training standard appropriate to their role or likelihood of operational deployment as outlined in the table below. MATTs must be passed at Level 1 before individuals commence pre-deployment training.

Individuals in the TA are to pass all MATTs at Level 2 which is designed to be completed during a training weekend, with a PFT to be passed at another time. Attainment of the Level 2 standard for the TA will be phased in over 2 years. TA units are responsible for raising training standards to Level 1 when individuals are warned for mobilisation. TA augmentees will be revised and tested at Level 1 standards at the Reserves Training and Mobilisation Centre (RTMC).

Regular Army augmentees, deployed to operations from HQ posts where they have maintained MATT Level 3, will require training at RTMC to pass MATT at Level 1.

All officers and soldiers complete MATTs to Level 1 during Phase 1 training. Individuals undertaking Phase 2 and 3 training are to undertake MATTs training and testing at a level commensurate with the length of their course.


Level 1



Regular Army units in all commands.
Individuals deployed on enduring operations (e.g. NI).
TA units and individuals warned for operations and TA individuals serving full time with Regular Army units.
Staff in ATRA/Defence Training schools.
Individuals in a post with a deployable role or shadow role.
NATO RF and deployable NATO HQ staff including HQ ARRC.
Level 2
Individuals in TA units and TA individuals (not warned for operations) (less those at Level 1 and 3).
Level 3 Individuals in non-deployable HQ posts e.g. MOD, DPA, DLO, HQ LAND, HQ AG, HQ ATRA.
Individuals in non-deployable units e.g. ACIOs.

Revision training is to be carried out before attempting MATT and WIP tests. All training in the MATTs and WIP is tested. Individuals are to pass MATTs at the appropriate level each year and those failing tests are to be given remedial training before undertaking re-tests. Individuals who consistently fail tests, after remedial training, may be subject to administrative action.

Units are to ensure that they have instructors who are trained to deliver MATT and WIP training, and conduct testing, as required in DCI(A) 1 Annex C.

Training packs will be distributed direct to all units by the BDFL during Mar 06 and will also be available on the DI Trg(A) website. The packs include all the training material required to deliver the training with pre-written briefings, presentations and video clips on DVD media. Units are required to provide additional training material e.g. weapons, ammunition, NBC equipment, casualty simulation packs, etc necessary to deliver the practical aspects of the training.

The MATT training year will continue to run annually from 1 Apr to 31 Mar. MATT tests required biannually must be passed within the periods Apr-Sep and Oct-Mar with a period between tests of at least 3 months. Where units have conducted ITD(A) training in the latter part of the 2005-06 training year, these ITD(A) results remain effective for a maximum of 6 months.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

An Information Campaign, including a Roadshow and DIN, to brief units and the Chain of Command on the new system will occur in Feb/Mar 06.

Queries regarding the new training plan should be directed through the chain of command. The POC at DI Trg(A) is Lt Col J C Judd, SO1 Trg Pol on 94344-5611 and Army e-mail “DITrg SO1 Trg Pol”.
 
#20
Dale,

Many thanks. All is now a little clearer, thank God. Do you know what scaling of training discs/packs each infantry bn is getting?

I await seeing if it works better than our current 'thrash yourself senseless on hated ITDs in late March' system.

TRM
 
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