DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable: Training System for ANP

(Left to right) Brig. Gen. Zarifi, commander of the Regional Training Center, Kandahar and Col. Chadwick W. Clark, deputy commander for Combined Training Advisory Group Police

We recently held a DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable with Col. Chadwick W. Clark, deputy commander for Combined Training Advisory Group Police (CTAG-P), on June 30.

CTAG-P trains, advises, coaches, and mentors the Afghan National Police Training establishment in order to create a doctrine, education, and training system capable of supporting the development and sustainment of a professional Afghan National Police (ANP) Force. The way we do this is by advising at the training centers, and partnering and advising at the Ministry and subordinate command level.

CTAG-P has two major challenges over the next 16 months: quantity and quality.

Quantity: over the last five years CTAG-P trained 42,500 police. In the next 16 months we must train close to 70,000 police. This is a huge task, but we are going to do it by increasing the through-put and by increasing quality.

Quality: breaks down into three major components; “what” we train, “how” we train, and “who” conducts the training. Our number one priority is leader development so focusing on leaders is “what” we train. In addition to OCS and NCO courses we will start six new courses focused on leaders: ANCOP Company Commander and Battalion Commander courses, Provincial Commander Course, and Company, Battalion and Brigade Commander courses.

One of the biggest challenges that we face is adapting “how” we conduct training in order to meet Afghan learning objectives. We must use empathy when adapting the way we teach so it resonates with Afghans. “Who” conducts the training is equally as important. Ideally we want Afghans teaching Afghans. We are also phasing out contract training advisors and replacing them with professional law enforcement experts like French Gendarmerie and Italian Carabinieri.

Listen to the audio.

Read the transcript.

Read the Defense.gov story, “NATO Strives for Quality, Quantity in Afghan Police

Joining us on the call were Chuck Simmins, America’s North Shore Journal; and Dale Kissinger, Military Avenue.

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