The Directorate of Military Training (DMT) is the hub of cadets training in the Academy. It is responsible for training of the cadets in military subjects aimed at equipping them with the right military skills and values necessary for their commission as officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN). The Directorate is headed by a Director of the rank of Brigadier General who is responsible to the Commandant. The current Director of the Directorate of Military Training is Brigadier General OA Awolo. The roles of DMT and training objectives, organization as well as facilities available for training in the DMT are highlighted in succeeding paragraphs.
ROLES OF DIRECTORATE OF MILITARY TRAINING
The Directorate is responsible for providing the required military training to cadets leading to their commission as officers of the AFN. This is achieved in meticulous planning and coordination of all cadets training in the various Wings. Some of the roles of the DMT are:
- Reviewing, restructuring and updating of training documents as may be directed. Some of the documents includes the review of Standing Orders for cadets, restructuring and updating of NDA Calendar of Events, review of précis and review of military training curriculum.
- The DMT coordinates oversea training of cadets. The NDA is usually offered slots for the training of some selected cadets in foreign academies around the World. The foreign academies include Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Royal Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy and others. The Directorate recommends suitable qualified cadets to fill slots offered to the Academy.
- Selection and preparation of training areas for exercises, Field Training Exercises (FTX), Tactical Exercises Without Troops (TEWTs) etc.
- Distribution of précis with training aids to the Wings for training.
OBJECTIVES OF THE DIRECTORATE
The planning and coordination at the directorate is aimed at achieving set objectives. These objectives are:
- Equip the cadets with the basic military skills needed to develop their intuition as military leaders.
- Lay sufficient foundation for the transformation of the cadets into courageous junior military leaders with the spirit to fight and win.
- Empower the cadets to accept responsibility thereby enhancing their leadership potentials.
- Transform the cadets into mentally agile, physically robust individuals with the required attitude and endurance needed to meet the rigours of military profession upon commission.
- Provide professional knowledge and skills to the Army cadets in a 5 year programme in order to enable them command a platoon effectively upon commission.
- Provide elementary professional knowledge and skills to Naval and Air Force cadets in a 4 year programme so as to prepare them for further training at the appropriate Naval and Air Force establishments.
- Provide basic professional knowledge within 9 and 6 months period to Short Service and Direct Regular Cadets respectively.
ORGANISATION OF DIRECTORATE OF MILITARY TRAINING
The DMT is structured into 5 Wings; Army, Naval, Air Force, Short Service and Training Support Wings, which are headed by Chief Instructors. In addition, there is a Naval Simulation Centre, Training Support Team, Nigerian Army Simulation center and 37 Demo Bn. Each of the wings/departments carries out specific training/supporting functions for the training of cadets as stated below:
- Army Wing. The Army Wing is responsible for training of Army cadets. It also coordinates the training of cadets of other Services in Common to Service subjects in conjunction with various departments in Training Support Wing. The Army Wing also handles Peculiar to Service subjects and outdoor military exercises for Army cadets. The Wing is the largest, it holds over 55 percent of cadets in the Academy.
- Naval Wing. The Naval Wing is responsible for initiating the training of naval cadets in naval subjects. The Wing also plans and executes naval training requirements. The wing has cadets of second to fourth termers while the fifth term cadets are moved to Nigerian Navy Training College, Onne for their midshipman training. The fifth term cadets are then returned to the Academy after the midshipman training for passing out and commissioning.
- Air Force Wing. The Air Force Wing plans and executes Air Force training requirements for Air Force Cadets in the Academy, particularly in the area of ground training. The wing has cadets of second to fourth term while the fifth term cadets are moved to Military Training Centre (MTC) NAF Base, Kaduna for their specialist training. The cadets are then returned to the Academy for their passing out and commissioning.
- Short Service Wing. The Short Service Wing provides basic military training for Short Service cadets for a period of 9 months. The Wing also trains Direct Regular and Direct Short Service Cadets when requested by any of the Services. The Wing had also trained personnel for the para-military organizations such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Such training assistance to the para-military have however been stopped by the Academy Council.
- Training Support Wing. The Training Support Wing (TSW) is the Technical Training Wing of the DMT. The desire to harness and coordinate all training support efforts under DMT from a common administrative pool necessitated the establishment of the TSW in 2008. The Wing conducts one-year Basic Military Training (BMT) for all first-year cadets (first termers) immediately after the 8 Weeks Preparatory Wing which is usually handled by the CB. This period covered by the BMT is normally a mix of both military and academic training. After the Second Semester Examinations however, the BMT continues with 2 months of intensive military training from July and culminates in August with Ex CAMP INITIAL. The Wing provides all technical training support in the Academy through 7 Departments.
The Wing provides all technical training support in the Academy through 7 Departments.
a . Weapon Training Department. The Weapon Training Department (WT Dept) is essentially responsible for the training of all cadets on basic infantry weapons. It handles training on characteristics of these weapons, development of cadets Skill at Arms and shooting ability. The training schedule encompasses range practices and field firing. The Dept is also responsible for the conduct of Annual Range Classification for Permanent Staff of the Academy. It is pertinent to state that the NDA Open Range, Afaka is fully operational to cater for all NDA live firing exercises.(2) NDA Signals Squadron. The NDA Signal Sqn is responsible for training of cadets in basic military communication skills as well as recognition, handling and operation of various radio sets. The Sqn also serves as the main communication support unit in all field exercises. It also handles the forward and rear link communication of NDA for all routine messages.
b. Physical Training Department. The primary objective of the Physical Training Department (PT Dept) is to ensure that cadets are physically and mentally fit through various aspects of physical training. It plays a vital role in physical, social and mental development of the cadets. The Dept also organizes sports competitions among regular cadets’ battalions as well as between the companies of the Short Service cadets’. Recently, the PT Dept has focussed attention towards enhancing swimming lessons to meet the Commandant’s training intent of ensuring that all cadets are proficient in swimming before passing-out.
c. Engineering Training Team. The Engineer Training Team (ETT) imparts basic military engineering knowledge on the cadets through demonstration, lectures and handling of simple pyrotechnics. The Team also forms part of the demonstration troops acting as control enemy with the task of simulating battle noises during field exercises.
4 Federal Road Safety Corps Detachment. The FRSC Det is responsible for instructing cadets on Driving and Maintenance lessons while also conducting practical driving lessons for the cadets in conjunction with NDA Tpt Bn. The Det also assists in easing convoy movement during major exercises.
d. Drill Wing. The Drill Wing is also a department under the TSW directly responsible to the DMT on training of the cadets. The Wing essentially responsible for the training of all cadets in all aspect of drill. It handles training on foot, color drill and all form of ceremonial parades. However, the ceremonial aspects of drill in the Academy such as POP come directly under the Academy Adjt.
e. Equitation Wing. Equitation Wing is another department under the TSW saddled with the responsibilities of housing Academy Horses and also Training of cadets in Animal and horse management. The Academy Adjt is also in charge of the administrative and ceremonial aspects of the wing. The wing is directly responsible to the DMT on training of the cadets.
- 37 NDA Demonstration Battalion. In line with the Revised NDA Establishment 2018, the 37 Demo Bn is fully under the DMT. The unit’s primarily responsible for conduct of demonstration during exercise/drills in support of various training activities. They act as control enemy during field training exercises. The battalion often carries out security and routine administrative duties within and outside the NDA as may be required. The structure of the Demo Bn is similar to an Infantry battalion. Additionally, Navy and Air Force support elements under the Demo Bn provide the needed support for Naval and Air Force training respectively.
- Nigerian Navy Simulation Centre. The Nigerian Navy Simulation Centre is a Nigerian Navy asset located at the NDA for training of Naval cadets and simulation of naval exercises in maritime environment. On some occasions, naval personnel from NN training schools also visit the facility for simulation exercises. Currently the centre is coliborating with NIMASA for training personnel.
- Senior Training Support Instructors. The senior support instructors serve as the think tank of the DMT on military training. It is an integral unit of the Directorate charged with the responsibility of monitoring all forms of military training, reviewing of cadets’ précis where necessary or as may be directed by the Director. The Team also provides institutional memory on training activities to enable improvement based on lessons learnt.
CHRONICLE OF NDA CHIEF INSTRUCTORS/DIRECTORS OF MILITARY TRAINING
CHRONICLE OF NDA CHIEF INSTRUCTORS/DIRECTORS OF MILITARY TRAINING
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