Sub-unit commanders learn at Lohatla Combat Training Centre


Sixty-five SA Army junior officers completed the recent integrated sub-unit commanders’ learning programme at the landward force’s prime training area – the Combat Training Centre (CTC) in the Northern Cape.

The programme, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) said, is designed for junior officers as part of preparation to enter the senior officer ranks, with major the lowest of these.

CTC hosted the hands-on learning session, presented under the auspices of the Tempe-based School of Armour and 1 SSB (Specialised Service Battalion) with Thaba-Bosiu Armour Regiment the supplier of personnel and equipment.

The programme contained theoretical and practical elements.

“A positive attitude and willingness to survive against all odds was displayed by the 65 learners on the programme and came in handy making the course a success. During the learning programme the attributes of an officer were displayed and highly dependent on for success. Those attributes are achievement of the goal, responsibility and professionalism.

“For a candidate to successfully complete the learning programme one has to complete battle handling modules from different Services. This includes a practical live firing exercise at CTC in Lohathla. During the exercise, learners are afforded an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned during the theory lessons. This includes commanding different mechanised landward forces of the SA Army – infantry, armour and artillery forces. The combat team was from various South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Divisions and SA Army Formations to empower officers for command functions.

“Ensuring high-level training two quality assurers were part of the learning programme on behalf of CTC. Lieutenant Colonel TJ Kobo and Major CA Mabaso made sure the standard of training was high and not compromised,” the SANDF said.