Educational and Training Services

Educational and Training Services (ETS) officers provide learning and development opportunities for serving personnel wherever they are around the world.

The Army's most valuable resource is its personnel. Education is vital to ensure that officers and soldiers are intellectually able to meet the roles of a modern technological army both in barracks and when deployed on complex and challenging operations.

Educating the Army

The Educational and Training Services (ETS) Branch provides that education to Regular and Reserve Army personnel, helping them to meet the challenges of the 21st century challenges by training for certainty and educating for uncertainty.

The ETS is an all-officer, all-graduate branch, responsible for educational and training support to all elements of the Army. The ETS policy of ‘Educating Forward’ ensures day to day contact with soldiers from all Arms and Services, both in barracks and on Operations.

The Army has seen education as critical to its success on operations for many years. The tasks of the ETS have significantly grown over the past few years and, as the Army changes its roles and structures, the ETS is changing to meet them.

Currently, the ETS employs more than 300 Regular and Reserve officers delivering a range of educational fields including support to professional development (ProfDev); improving Functional Skills; supporting instructor development; teaching operational languages and providing cultural advice; and leading training development.

Professional Development

ETS officers deliver professional developmental education to soldiers and officers worldwide as Learning Development Officers (LDOs) and in Army Education Centres (AECs) in the following principal categories:

  • Functional Skills (FS), delivering English and Maths through Basic Skills Development Managers and enabling soldiers to gain recognised Functional Skills qualifications which are requirements for promotion. D Ed Cap is responsible for both FS policy and delivery with work currently underway to develop ICT as the 3rd Functional Skill.
  • The Command, Leadership and Management (CLM) Scheme, providing educational and vocational skills and knowledge for Junior NCOs, Senior NCOs and Warrant Officers, preparing them for the responsibilities of promotion.
  • Officer Career Development, involving elements of the Junior Officer Leadership Programme (JOLP3), Military Analysis (MA) modules and the Captains’ Warfare Course (CWC).

Personal Development

In addition to professional development, ETS officers facilitate personal developmental education for soldiers and officers worldwide in Army Education Centres (AEC) in the following principal categories:

  • Personal development opportunities via Electronic Learning Centres (ELCs)
  • Advice on personal development to soldiers, officers and dependants
  • Management of accreditation opportunities and advice
  • 2nd Line advice on Army Resettlement Services (1st Line is a unit responsibility)
  • Army Library and Information Services (ALIS)

Army Instructor Capability (AIC)

Instructor training and development in the Army prepares individuals for two instructor streams; those in the workplace and the specialist full-time instructor (ARTD and Defence Training Establishments).

ETS officers currently deliver the Defence Instructional Techniques (DIT) courses, which will soon be replaced by a three-tier system for both the workplace and ARTD instructors, linked to rank.

ETS officers will continue to help develop soldiers’ instructional capabilities across the whole instructor capability area.

Cultural and Language Capability

ETS officers are responsible for continually developing education to support language and cultural capability both for current theatres and in support of Defence Engagement in Contingency



ETS Recruitment

The ETS is an all-officer, all-graduate branch, responsible for educational and training support to all elements of the Army.

The mission of the ETS is to:

“Direct and develop Army education, instructor development, cultural and language capabilities. Deliver education, training development, qualification opportunities and specialist advice, in order to sustain and enhance the operational effectiveness of the Army”