Eleven officers from the US Army Reserve National Guard and one from the Bermudan Defence Forces visited London last weekend as part of a cultural visit during their time with the Army Division, Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy.
The Officers are currently on the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land Reserves) (ICSC(LR) working alongside 56 of the British counterparts, studying global affairs, leadership, staff skills and operational planning.
CPT Elise Dent US ARNG, Maryland said:
“The opportunity to work alongside the British Army Reserve has been an excellent experience and one that will not be forgotten. This course has initiated a foundation for my future success in tactical level planning as an Army officer and additionally broadened my knowledge culturally working with fellow British officers.”
(ICSC(LR) is a 6-week course comprising an induction weekend, 4-weeks of distance learning and a 2-week residential phase (including weekend working). The course prepares officers in the Army Reserve for promotion to Major and subsequent employment in grade 2 appointments and sub-unit command. As well as developing analytical and communication skills the course includes Government Policy and Management of Defence, Staff Skills, Land Warfare; Doctrine, Operational Planning and Command, Leadership and Management.
The opportunity to train alongside US and Bermudan counterparts has provided a hugely positive additional dimension to ICSC(LR) 2-18 that has been welcomed by both British and International Officers.
CPT Noelia Roldan US ARNG Puerto Rico said:
“This has been such a great and interesting experience. Sharing lessons learned and operational knowledge with our counterparts from the UK Army Reserves has taken us from our comfort zones by participating in this broadening course. It allowed us to build relations for future interoperability between the UK Army Reserves and the US Army National Guard. We are very happy to be chosen by the US National Guard Bureau and more than grateful with the UK Defence Academy leadership and instructors for allowing us to be part of this course.”
For further information visit https://www.da.mod.uk/course/ICSC(LR)