News story: Royal Marines teach reconnaissance skills to Afghan soldiers

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Ministry of Defence said:
The soldiers, who completed their training at their base in Nahr-e Saraj, are now able to carry out vital information-gathering which will assist in providing security after International Security Assistance Force troops withdraw from a combat role in 2014.
The Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, known as ‘warriors’, will now operate as part of a battalion-sized unit or ‘kandak’.
Corporal Pete Evans from 40 Commando led a team of 7 marines instructing the Afghan soldiers in infantry skills and map-reading.
He said:
A lot of the warriors are illiterate so the map-reading was about getting them used to seeing maps; by the end of our week most were able to plot and give a six-figure grid reference, with some even giving eight-figure references, which is very impressive.
The Afghan soldiers on the course were hand-picked for reconnaissance training having passed out of basic training 18 months beforehand.

A newly-qualified Afghan soldier proudly displays his certificate [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Rhys O'Leary, Crown Copyright/MOD 2013]One of the instructors, Marine Lee Howell, said:
This was quite an interesting assignment for us as operational marines with very little mentoring experience. The ANA warriors on the course were all keen to learn. For us, this was an opportunity to consolidate everything we have learnt and to pass on those skills.
Working alongside the Royal Marines were the ANA’s own instructors who delivered several elements of the course: an ANA officer taught intelligence-gathering and evidence-collection, members of an ANA search team advised on detecting improvised explosive devices, and an ANA vehicle mechanic held classes on basic vehicle maintenance.
Corporal Evans said:
They are starting to teach themselves, which is a really positive development and one that means they can progress in the future.
The passing out of the Afghan soldiers was marked with a parade at Camp Gereshk in central Helmand province, attended by troops from 3/215 Brigade and the Reconnaissance Troop of 40 Commando Royal Marines, and each marines instructor was presented with an Afghan ‘kholay’ hat and a scarf by their Afghan colleagues.



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The 12 year old boy masquerading as a captain on the right of the picture has the coolest beret. Is this the RM starting a new fashion trend? Forget the para flat cap - the full Butcher's Boy look is in.
 
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^^^ the clue is in the small print "each marines instructor was presented with an Afghan ‘kholay’ hat and a scarf by their Afghan colleagues".
 
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I can't believe how baby faced that chap is...I must be getting older than I thought...

young officers today...etc etc ...grumble...

:)

Rodney2q
 
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What's a "Leading Airman"?


You'd think that at least the MoD news would be able to get people's ranks right.
 
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I don't think the Royal Marines have red trim on their pips. That captain looks more like he is wearing RMP pips.
They look like SCOTS rank slides and I am guessing they pulled the kholay hats over to one side to look like a TOS. I am thinking it is probably one of those 'funny if you were there at the time' moments.
 
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Mattb - I think the rank is right, actually. RN rank, not RAF. Chap presumably joined as a Naval Airman, got promoted to Leading hand, and at some point retraded from, say, Aircraft Handler to Photographer. And in any case, the web team almost certainly got the details of the phot from the File Info metadata embedded by him in the jpeg: certainly would have been slack drills from him if he DIDN'T put his details there... And hopefully he does know what his own rank is :)
 
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The 12 year old boy masquerading as a captain on the right of the picture has the coolest beret. Is this the RM starting a new fashion trend? Forget the para flat cap - the full Butcher's Boy look is in.
Boy, boy? I thought it was a bird, very feminine features, mind you would probably go down a storm on thursays man love night with the ANA :)
 
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The 12 year old boy masquerading as a captain on the right of the picture has the coolest beret. Is this the RM starting a new fashion trend? Forget the para flat cap - the full Butcher's Boy look is in.
At least the colonel is setting an example. Shirt smartly tucked in and sleeves rolled up nicely.

The bloke at the back needs gripping - the brim of his kholay should be 1" above his eyebrows.

It's nice that the Afghans have been taught map reading. Do we have a contract to supply them with maps when we pull out?
 
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so some of them can read a map now? fabulous, we're bang on schedule for them running everything by next year then.
Not just read a map, some of them can give grid references to EIGHT FIGURES!


Pretty sure that if you can do that, the SAS will accept you without question.
 
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so some of them can read a map now? fabulous, we're bang on schedule for them running everything by next year then.

If it means we get the **** out of Dodge, then who cares ?
 
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If it means we get the **** out of Dodge, then who cares ?
my point is they wont be ready, but we'll still be leaving so none of this really matters. so lets just burn down the bazaar now and **** off.

and someone remember to shoot karzai on the way out.
 
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Given that the recipients are illiterate, I dread to think what's written on the certificates.
 

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