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Military Driver Training Squadron (MDTS)

The main effort for MDTS is the delivery of military driver training for trainees undertaking Initial Trade Training and Subsequent Trade Training. It takes place on military wheeled platforms such as conversion to Landrover, MAN Support Vehicles (6T and 9T) and EPLS. All training is delivered by civilian driving instructors.

MDTS Combat Troop, consists of Tri-Service military personnel from multiple cap badge’s. The Troop is responsible for the delivery of the new Part Three Course in line with the new Combat Logistician syllabus for all cap badges. The training incorporates convoy driving, on and off road, night driving and tactical training.

Additionally, MDTS delivers bespoke training packages for Troop Commanders preparing to take up their new assignments within the Field Army.

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Driver Training Squadron (DTS)

DTS provide the foundations and progressive Licence Acquisition (LA) training inclusive of theory training across the most common licence categories (Cat B, C, C+E, D and D1).

Contractor Driver Training (CDT): In addition, CDT is also centrally controlled and managed from this location to DST North (Leconfield and Catterick) and South (Minley, Sandhurst, Blandford, Lyneham, Southwick Park, Larkhill, Middle Wallop, Worthy Down, Bovington and Lympstone) satellite locations via DST management staff at each site.

Providing CDT to vocational and non-vocational drivers to a variety of cap badges. This is purely Licence Acquisition on Cat B to C+E in contractor vehicles and does not include Service Driver Conversion onto Military equivalent assets, this will be conducted either at Unit level or through MDTS at DST.


Specialist Transport & Management Squadron

Specialist Transport & Management Squadron deliver a wide range of specialist operator, instructor and Mechanical Transport (MT) Management courses to all branches of Defence with students ranging from junior soldiers to senior officers:

Specialist vehicle operator and instructor courses include;

  • BV 206
  • Blue Light Training
  • Civilian Armoured Vehicle
  • Staff Car
  • Variety of MHE courses (inclusive of Rough Terrain Container Handler (RTCH)
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  • Defence Attaché
  • Quad bike
  • Support Tanker (Water/Fuel)
  • Enhanced Platform Loading Systems (EPLS)
  • Royal Marines (RM) Driver Class One and Two

Management courses cover 22 individual course types which are predominantly fixed length, classroom based, with delivery focused on policy, legislation, MT accounting, ADR and HAZMAT.

It conducts promotion and high demand courses such as Driver trade Class Two to Class One Upgrading, Defence Transport Officer and Manager, Defence Driving Examiners and Defence General Service Driver Conversion Instructor.

It also includes specific courses for RLC Transport Specialists, Master Drivers and a phase of the Troop Commanders course.


Communication Information Systems (CIS) Squadron

The small and technically proficient team within CIS Sqn are responsible for the delivery of quality training and advice to all Regular and Reserve Combat Service Support Arms. The courses delivered range from the Communications Operator Class 3, through to the Regimental Signals Officer course; capturing students from Private to Captain.


Welfare Support

As a Defence School, DST has a range of Arms and Cap Badges who may require some form of Welfare Support. DST has an obligation to support welfare to all training personnel from Initial Trade Training (ITT) and Subsequent Trade Training (STT), military and civil service, as well as the enablers, Permanent Staff and their dependants.

To enable this diverse support, the Welfare Team, headed up by the Unit Welfare Officer, comprises of a number of supporting agencies, the Student Focus Team, the Padre, WRVS, HIVE, AWS and SSAFA to name a few. Each supporting agency has received a unique level of training and they ensure that each individual receives the appropriate level of information, comfort and support; all within the code of confidentiality.

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Trust, Respect, Understanding and Kindness (TRUK) are the core values that the Defence College of Support (DCSp) and its constituent schools should understand, communicate, and strive to deliver every day. TRUK both underpins and is supported by the wrap of SAFETY, WELFARE, D&I and WELLBEING. All these initiatives are key to delivering an operationally focussed, effective and efficient training organisation that aims to be both enjoyable to visit and work in.