GOC Underscores Need for Realistic, Battle-Focused Training

By Mohammed Bello Doka. 
In a bid to effectively combat the security challenges within the 6 Division Area of Responsibility (AOR), Major General Jamal Abdussalam, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Nigerian Army's 6 Division, emphasized the importance of realistic and battle-focused training. The GOC made this call during the inauguration of Exercise SHINNING STAR IV at the 6 Division Training School in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Represented by Brigadier General Babatunde Omopariola, the Chief of Staff, 6 Division, the GOC explained that the exercise aimed to provide a common platform for harmonized post-basic training for selected young soldiers who had completed their initial military training at Depot Nigerian Army. This training was designed to enhance soldiers' knowledge and capability in effectively countering the current security challenges in the complex operating environment within the 6 Division AOR.

The GOC urged the soldiers to seize the training opportunity to sharpen their skills and carry out their assigned responsibilities professionally. This directive aligned with the Chief of Army Staff's Command Philosophy of transforming the Nigerian Army into a well-trained, equipped, and highly motivated force capable of fulfilling its constitutional responsibilities within a joint environment.

Lieutenant Colonel Abdullahi Manu, the Acting Division Training Officer (DTO), highlighted the objectives of the training, which included improving participants' weapon handling abilities and familiarizing them with team maneuver skills. The training would also prioritize minor tactics, tactical drills, and live firing to significantly enhance the soldiers' proficiency in the field.

The acting DTO encouraged the participants to make the most of the training exercise to develop their individual and group capabilities in carrying out assigned tasks. He reassured them that the instructors were well-prepared to ensure the training objectives were achieved.

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