13 Air Assault Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (13 AASR) ran a fortnight-long leadership course for 30 RLC soldiers from across 16 Air Assault Brigade Combat Team to give them the required skills as they promote from Private to Lance Corporal, and on from there.
The training started with a week in the classroom learning about the leadership role of a Lance Corporal, who is second-in-command of a section of eight soldiers. The troops then moved out into Friday Woods Training Area in Colchester to apply what they have learnt.
For me, the importance of listening has been the most significant thing I’ve learnt." Acting Lance Corporal Fern Morrin
13 Air Assault Support
Regiment Royal Logistic Corps
13 AASR’s Acting Lance Corporal Fern Morrin, a 21-year-old driver from Hadleigh, said: “I’ve worked hard to get my promotion and this course has been really useful to learn about the new responsibilities I’m going to have. The lessons on leadership theory were interesting, learning how to motivate people to do difficult tasks."
“For me, the importance of listening has been the most significant thing I’ve learnt. As a leader, I will listen more to those below me, next to me and above me to understand what we’re supposed to be doing and to look after people so that we can do it.”
You’ve got to establish boundaries and show the mental and physical robustness and self-confidence to lead from the front.” Acting Lance Corporal Anthony Gammans
16 Medical Regiment
During the course’s practical phase the soldiers, who range from chefs to logistic supply specialists in their roles, took turns at commanding each other while living in the field and practising drills such as section attacks and casualty evacuations.
Acting Lance Corporal Anthony Gammans is a driver attached to 16 Medical Regiment. The 27-year-old from Preston said: “A lot of this course has been about refreshing the soldiering skills we all learnt in basic training, but having to lead others rather than just taking part. You’ve got to establish boundaries and show the mental and physical robustness and self-confidence to lead from the front.”
The course is part of the Army Leadership Development Programme, a progressive system of training to give soldiers the leadership and management skills and wider military knowledge they need as they rise up the ranks.
A soldier’s first promotion is a big moment, taking them from being one of the team to one of the bosses." 2nd Lieutentant Luke Bauckham
13 Air Assault Support Regiment
Royal Logistic Corps
13 AASR’s Second Lieutenant Luke Bauckham, who ran the course, said: “A soldier’s first promotion is a big moment, taking them from being one of the team to one of the bosses. That can be quite a challenge, but these soldiers have really shown their maturity and professionalism as they step up to become leaders.”
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