The Infantry Battle School (IBS) in Brecon, Mid-Wales is part of the School of Infantry. It delivers trained officers and soldiers to meet the operational requirements of the Infantry, the Army and Defence.
Infantrymen on operations do extraordinary things in difficult and dangerous circumstances. The commanders that lead them are all trained at IBS, and the training they undertake is linked to current operations.
Training for high-intensity, light-role war fighting is the way soldiers and officers are prepared for any operational situation they may face – conventional war, counter insurgency, security sector reform, peacekeeping or supporting civil authorities.
IBS delivers competent and confident commanders for the Field Army by running command and leadership training, infantry tactics training, weapons training, and live firing range qualifications. It also provides specialist training teams to assist foreign forces in their development, and allocates some places on courses to overseas students.
This is aimed at Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers from across the Army, to qualify them in planning and conducting live firing ranges.
This course is designed to qualify Non-Commissioned Officers from across the Army in becoming weapon instructors and conducting static small arms ranges.
The Basic Tactics Course (BTAC) is designed to train junior and senior NCOs, from other Arms and Services, in basic infantry tactics and qualify them to conduct low-level infantry training on return to their unit.
Students must complete the Defence Instructional Techniques Course prior to starting BTAC.
This course is designed to qualify officers and NCOs, from across the Arms and Services, in operating and conducting training in the Dismounted Close Combat Trainer (DCCT). Thirteen DCCT courses are run each year, with a capacity of six students on each course.
Designed to train Infantry Warrant Officers in the mandatory Command, Leadership and Management Part 2 and Service elements. This course also trains for the delivery of the operational and administrative duties of an Infantry Warrant Officer.
This course focuses on producing tactically capable Platoon Commanders who are physically and mentally robust. Usually (though not exclusively) the Platoon Commanders’ Battle Course is completed immediately after commissioning from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS).
The course is broken down into two distinct phases – the Tactics phase and the Live Fire Tactical Training (LFTT) phase.
The Platoon Sergeants’ Battle Course (PSBC) is a promotion qualifying-course, to Sergeant, for Rifle Company Platoon Sergeants. The course is run in January, April and August each year, and is broken down into two independent phases: Tactics and Live Firing Tactical Training (LFTT).
The Tactics phase of the course is seven weeks long, and delivered by Senior Division Instructors. The course is split into platoons with Colour Sergeant Instructors with each section. An Infantry Captain oversees the platoon’s training.
The Platoon Tactics Course (PTC) is designed to train Infantry Territorial Army (TA) Platoon Commanders, Sergeants and Section Commanders to command and administer a Rifle Platoon and Section.
The PTC is a two-week course that is the ‘special to arm’ training. It is the promotion-qualifying course to substantive Sergeant and Corporal for Reserve Infantry units.
This course is aimed at non-Infantry soldiers who volunteer to attend UK Special Forces selection. It is not compulsory, but completing the course enhances key low-level Infantry skills. There are four phases, including two phased deployments to the Sennybridge Training Area (SENTA) in Powys where students learn the basics of being an Infantry soldier before working through a patrol and mounting a platoon attack.
The Section Commanders’ Battle Course is a promotion-qualifying course to substantive Corporal for all Rifle Company Section Commanders. The course is broken down into two phases: Skill at Arms and Tactics.
All courses are delivered by four distinct divisions within IBS – the Platoon Commanders’ Division, Senior Division, Junior Division and Infantry Weapons’ Division.
Accommodation is available at the Infantry Battle School for students attending courses and comprises the Officers’ Mess, the Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess and the Junior Non-Commissioned Officers’ Mess.
Single rooms are available with either shared bathroom or en-suite facilities.
The Community Centre on the Infantry Battle School (IBS) camp holds regular events.
The HIVE information service at IBS also serves Brynmawr, Crickhowell and Sennybridge.
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The easiest way to travel to Brecon is by road. The postcode for satnav users (which should not be solely relied upon) is LD3 7RA.
Rail travel to Brecon is difficult. However, the nearest railway station is Abergavenny – from the station you will then need to travel by road to Brecon which takes about 25 minutes.
There are two international airports close to Brecon – Cardiff and Bristol. London Heathrow and London Gatwick are approximately 3½ to 4 hours travelling time from Brecon.
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