Serving personnel can choose to go to Theatre Education Centres (TECs), their Learning Development Officers (LDOs) or attached Educational and Training Services (ETS) officers for help in their on-going education while deployed.
Theatre Education Centres
TECs are set up wherever the Army needs them. In the recent past, TECs have operated in the Balkans and Iraq; the facility in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan closed in August 2014 after more than 9 years in operation. TECs deliver a full range of courses and development opportunities for personnel on operations and a TEC would be established during similar large or medium scale operations in the future.
Learning Development Officers
LDOs based in Army Education Centres (AECs) can provide or facilitate a range of activities to directly support units’ preparations for deployment. This can include assisting a unit to identify its priorities for mandatory education, facilitating cultural awareness and language training and running study days or briefings to assist with personnel’s understanding of a country or region.
Depending on the needs of the unit, LDOs may then accompany them on operations or exercise to continue their support. This has occurred in Gibraltar, the Falklands, Kenya, Cyprus and Belize to name but a few.
Specialist staff to support your education
Currently LDOs are deployed whenever the Army conducts operations. Their main roles are to provide educational support to their unit and deliver functional skills support, language training and cultural capability training.
In addition, dependent on the operational situation, they may be given other tasks by their Commanding Officers, such as assisting with psychological, media or influence operations. They will usually be part of their Battle Group for up to a year – six months prior to operational deployment and six months on operations.