Being an Armourer, I allready know how most of the weapons work. I was just curious as to whether I would need to do another top up course on each weapon or not. It's a winner that I won't have to. One of my lads also wants to do the course, but is only a lance jack without bits. Do you know what the pre-requisites are?
DITz (the repelacment for BITS) is now a tri service wide foundation instruction course, which intoduces to the student the military ideas on how to be an instructor. As such it should be a prerequisite now for any serving person before going on to undertake more advanced specific instructor training of which SAA is an example.
One of the reasons that DITz has been introduced is an attmept to have a standard basic level of instructors to try and avoid some of the bad press that the services have received over recent years. Those regualr instructors attending recruit trainng now have to under go a 3 week DITz course!
Get in touch with your local brigade trainng team for course dates.
It introduces the students to various types of lesson taking includling Theory, and skills, be it BMP, technical skills or the army's much loved EDIP principle (Monkey see Monkey do)
Being a SAA Instructor, most of the lessons are based on EDIP which you cover with DITz, but as some one mentioned, the SASC have their own flavour of EDIP.
The SASC runs the course and it is held in Brecon and as said prev, it is a Pam Mind Fek.
You turn up, do WHT's, and get taught the entire weapons PAM, then have to teach it back to them, in exactly the same way they did it to you. If you change things then you are marked down.
When I did it you had to be a Cpl or Acting one. I also took a laptop and printer to make life easy for me, but I hear they dont like you doing that now as people started to turn up with the lesson plans already done! DoH!
You now get taught on the A2, and LSW, and get a CMCQ as well at the end.
In the Rifle Pam there are fieldcraft lesson's, and it is those that they want you to teach as TP's, eg FCO's, Target indication etc. Anything to do with a weapon!
I did mine back to back with Junior Brecon, and at the time, they let us have the weekend off.