A major component of the SA Army’s junior staff command course in the form of a brigade plus field exercise is underway at the Combat Training Centre (CTC) with the next generation of landward operational unit commanders fine-tuning battle and management skills.
Brigadier General MA Mantshiyane is director of both exercises – Amabutho and Ukuthula – running concurrently at the Northern Cape training area. He told those taking part, including an SA Police Service (SAPS) element, it was fitting for him to remind the junior officers on their OODA (observe, orient, decide and act) cycle the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) was and is responding to a challenging national and regional security environment.
“Thorough research and planning is required to bring about a balance between current operations, personnel, equipment, budget constraints and future capabilities including force modernisation. The national, regional and global security situation is volatile. Not only is warfare rapidly changing but so are the tasks the SANDF is required to perform. The SANDF is currently required to avail forces for deployment on short notice. We cannot afford to rest on our laurels or be complacent about recent successes in Operation Corona, Operation Mistral in DR Congo, Operation Prosper during the July civil unrest, Operation Notlela with the SAPS and the current Operation Vikela in Mozambique,” he said during the parade to mark the official start of both exercises.