16 Air Assault Brigade Female Engagement Team conduct training with soldiers and officers from the Jordanian Army as a joint force on counter IED operations.
16 Air Assault Brigade Female Engagement Team conduct training with soldiers and officers from the Jordanian Army as a joint force on counter IED operations.

British Army Female Instructors Deliver Military Skills Training in Jordan

Six instructors, led by 13 Air Assault Support Regiment (AASR), delivered a two-week training course for soldiers from the Jordanian Armed Forces Quick Reaction Force Brigade earlier this month. The training covered military skills such as vehicle check-points and urban operations. Due to varied experience among the students, a basic understanding was achieved ahead of future training. The trainees were both men and women; with the aim of encouraging more gender integration in the Brigade. The course also built on the relationship between the Jordanians and 16 Air Assault Brigade.

16 Air Assault Brigade Female Engagement Team conduct training with soldiers and officers from the Jordanian Army as a joint force on counter IED operations.
16 Air Assault Brigade Female Engagement Team conduct training with soldiers and officers from the Jordanian Army as a joint force on counter IED operations.

Lieutenant Colonel Beere, Commanding Officer of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, said: “This is a perfect example of our intent to be more global. Our partnerships with other nations takes many forms, and we definitely have the right skills, cultural sensitivity and drive within my unit to provide this specialist training. The all-female training team was exactly right in this instance, as it meant we were able to deliver the whole package to all the soldiers, regardless of gender.”

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After working with their Jordanian counterparts last week, the British Troops moved south, passing the Dead Sea to link up with their counterparts from the USMC near Aqaba.
16 Air Assault Brigade Female Engagement Team conduct training with soldiers and officers from the Jordanian Army as a joint force on counter IED operations.

Captain Smith, the training team leader from 13 AASR, said: “The training team was excellent and the results speak for themselves. The platoon’s TAB was a first for the Brigade and we’re proud to have been part of the progress that’s been made. It also provided opportunities for our instructors to develop their leadership skills.” 16 Air Assault Brigade Female Engagement Team conduct training with soldiers and officers from the Jordanian Army as a joint force on counter IED operations.

Alongside the training package, the team also encouraged the empowerment and professional development of the female Platoon Commander, Warrant Officers and Non-Commissioned-Officers. Ahead of the final battle exercise, Lieutenant Eman delivered orders to the mixed platoon – her first time since commissioning from the ranks. Physical training was led by the team Physical Training Instructor; Craftsman Amy Liu (of the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment) every morning for the female soldiers, and was the only aspect of the training which was not integrated.

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