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 OJ Akpor. 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 AND TRAINING OBJECTIVES
- The DMT is responsible for providing the required military training to cadets leading to their commission as officers of the AFN. This is achieved through meticulous planning and coordination of all cadets training in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Short Service and Training Support Wings under the Directorate. The DMT conducts training on military subjects aimed at achieving set objectives. These objectives are:
- To equip the cadets with the basic military skills needed to develop their intuition as military leaders.
- To lay a sufficient foundation for the transformation of the cadets into courageous junior military leaders with the spirit to fight and win.
- To empower the cadets to accept responsibility thereby enhancing their leadership potentials.
- To 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.
- To 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.
- To 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.
- To provide basic professional knowledge within 9 and 6 months period to Short Service and Direct Regular Cadets respectively.
ORGANISATION OF DIRECTORATE OF MILITARY TRAINING
In order to meet the training needs of the Academy, 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 and Demonstration Battalion. 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.
- 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.
- 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. We are expecting Army Short Service Course 47 who would soon report to the Academy for training preparations are in top gear.
- Training Support Wing. The Training Support Wing is the technical training wing of the DMT. It provides technical support to all the other wings and directorates including HQ NDA. The Wing has the following departments:
Weapon Training Department. The Weapon Training (WT) Dept is essentially responsible for the training of all cadets on basic infantry platoon weapons. The training covers weapon characteristics, development of weapon handling skills and shooting ability. The training schedule also encompasses range practices and field firing.
Signals Squadron. The Signals Sqn is responsible for training of cadets in communication skills as well as recognition, handling and operation of radio sets. Additionally, the Department handles the forward and rear link communication of NDA for all routine messages and also provides communication support during outdoor exercises.
Physical Training Department. The primary objective of the Physical Training Department is to ensure that cadets are physically and mentally fit through various aspects of physical training. The Department also organizes sports competitions among cadet battalions.
Engineer Training Team. The Engineer Training Team imparts basic military engineering training to cadets through demonstration, lectures and handling simple pyrotechnics. The team also form part of the demonstration troops acting as controlled enemy with the task of simulating battle noises during field exercises.
- 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.
- NDA Demonstration Battalion. The NDA Demo Bn is an independent unit. However, it has the primary role to provide demonstration troops to reinforce classroom teaching and act as a controlled adversary during field 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.
- Training Support Team. The Training Support Team serves 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. The Team is currently made up of 8 retired Army, Naval and Air Force officers.
- Drill and Equitation Wings. The Drill Wing is responsible for conducting drill lessons for both Regular and Short Service Course cadets. The Wing also coordinates Drill Square Tests, Drill Competitions, POP Rehearsals and Drill examinations for cadets. The Equitation Wing handles and maintains the NDA stable. In particular it organizes the training of cadets on military uses of horses, imparts theoretical and practical knowledge on horsemanship. The Wing provides horses for all ceremonial and training functions requiring the use of horses in NDA. Both wings are being supervised by the Academy Adjutant on behalf of the DMT.
CHRONICLE OF NDA CHIEF INSTRUCTORS/DIRECTORS OF MILITARY TRAINING
|2.||Lt Col||PA EROMOBOR||Sep 68||1970|
|3.||Lt Col||ADS WYA||1970||Jul 72|
|4.||Col||SE TUOYO||Jul 72||1974|
|5.||Lt Col||AB UMARU||1974||Feb 75|
|6.||Lt Col||RS THAPAR||Mar 75||Dec 76|
|7.||Col||JO Oni||Jan 77||Oct 78|
|8.||Col||JA NENEGER||Nov 78||Sep 80|
|9.||Lt Col||AA ABUBUKAR||Sep 80||Aug 82|
|10.||Lt Col||CC IWEZE||AUG 82||JAN 84|
|11.||Lt Col||PA AROKOYO||JAN 84||SEP 84|
|DIRECTORS OF MILITARY TRAINING|
|12.||COL||PA AROKOYO||SEP 84||JAN 86|
|13.||LT COL||PN AZIZA||JAN 86||JUN 87|
|14.||COL||PN AZIZA||JUN 87||16 AUG 89|
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|16.||COL||EO MBEH FSS psc mni||11 DEC 89||07 AUG 91|
|17.||BRIG||ASI UKPO FSS psc USAWC||07 AUG 91||21 MAR 94|
|18.||BRIG GEN||JM MADAKI FSS psc MSS NDC||21 MAR 94||24 APR 95|
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|22.||BRIG GEN||ML AGWAI FSS MSS psc(+) fwc||15 AUG 97||02 AUG 99|
|23.||COL||BT AKE FSS MSS psc||03 AUG 99||12 DEC 99|
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|27.||BRIG GEN||AG ADEWUYI MSS psc(+) fwc||13 AUG 01||07 MAR 03|
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|31.||BRIG GEN||OAC ARIAHU DSS psc(+) fwc MSc||13 JAN 07||29 OCT 07|
|32.||BRIG GEN||JG YAKUBU DSS psc(+) fwc MSc||29 OCT 07||22 SEP 08|
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|40.||BRIG GEN||SG MOHAMMED MSS psc(+) CM mni MIAD||13 JUN 18||22 MAR 19|
|41.||BRIG GEN||EV ONUMAJURU DSS FCM psc(+) psc (J) fdc(+) PhD MNIM||22 MAR 19||12 SEP 19|
|42.||MAJ GEN||EV ONUMAJURU DSS FCM psc(+) psc (J) fdc(+) PhD MNIM||12 SEP 19||09 JAN 20|
|43.||BRIG GEN||OJ AKPOR DSS psc FCM BSc MSc MNIM||09 JAN 20|