Future Commandos “Blast” through First Phase of Qualification Course

An Afghan National Army Special Operations Command’s (ANASOC) School Of Excellence (SOE) weapons instructor talks Commando recruits through the principles of firing the Rocket Propelled Grenade-Seven (RPG-7) Kabul, Afghanistan, August 2, 2018. During a week of instruction, 770 recruits received training and each student fired one to two times. In the upcoming weeks, recruits will transition into phase two, shifting their focus from individual to team skills, such as security patrol, night missions and Close Quarters Battle (CQB). (NATO Photo by Master Sgt. Felix A. Figueroa).
8 Aug 2018

By: Master Sgt. Felix Figueroa, NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan Public Affairs

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s future Commandos completed the first phase of small arms training during the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC) School of Excellence (SOE) Commando Qualification Course (CDOQC) 25, August 2.

NATO-led Resolute Support Slovak and Polish Special Operations Advisors Teams (SOAT), along with Afghan instructors, trained 770 future Commandos on the M240 machine gun, M203 grenade launcher, and M4 carbine rifle. Future Commandos also completed a week of familiarization and live-fire training on the Rocket Propelled Grenade-Seven (RPG-7), to develop their proficiency.

"As Commandos, we must be properly trained and prepared to fire any weapon typically found in an infantry unit’s inventory,” said an Afghan National Army Special Operations Command School of Excellence weapons instructor.  "It’s my job to ensure these recruits receive the best experienced-based training before graduating and joining the fight against our enemies. Once you’re out there, aside from your Commando brothers, your training is what you rely on.”

Having completed phase one, Commando recruits transition into the second phase of their training, shifting their focus from individual skills to team skills, which include security patrols, night missions and Close Quarters Battle (CQB).

Established in 2015, Resolute Support (RS) is a NATO-led, non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), who assumed nationwide responsibility for Afghanistan’s security following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission.  Its purpose is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan and protect its citizens in a sustainable manner.


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