The Defence School of Transport (DST), based at Normandy Barracks, Leconfield, East Yorkshire, was formed in 1996 as the Centre of Excellence for providing driver and transport management training to personnel from the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Marines.
110 Training Squadron administer and manage the transition of all RLC vocational drivers from basic training into their chosen career trade. All RLC ITT trainees are assigned to 110 Trg Sqn for the duration of their driver training, and from there they will then be assigned to their unit in the Field Force. The function of 110 Trg Sqn is to ensure students are managed through the driver training pipeline and at the same time maintain their mandated basic soldier skills.
Although the main focus of 110 Trg Sqn is Duty of Care, the Sqn also conducts an extensive Holdover training programme which includes a variety of military training, welfare briefs, cultural visits, and participation in a variety of sports and educational events. All of which are designed to maintain and enhance the soldiers all around development whilst maintaining their military ethos.
The main effort for MDTS is the delivery of military driver training to ITT and STT soldiers on military wheeled platforms such as conversion to Landrover, MAN Support Vehicles (6T and 9T) and DROPS, all delivered by civilian instructors. MDTS Combat Troop (military multi capbadge instructors) are responsible for the delivery of GS MOD 2 for all capbadges and the delivery of Basic Close Combat Skills (BCCS) and Anti Ambush to RLC personnel. Additionally, MDTS student and accommodation management teams, administer and deliver stand down training to vocational and non-vocational drivers through the DST training delivery pipeline.
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 Distributed Training (CDT): In addition CDT is also centrally controlled and managed from this location to DST North (Leconfield and Catterick) and South (Deepcut, Minley, Blandford, Lyneham, Southwick Park, Larkhill, Middle Wallop, Worthy Down & Bovington) 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 as this will be conducted either at unit level or through MDTS at DST.
Specialist Training Squadron deliver a wide range of specialist operator or instructor courses conducted to suit a variety of roles and operations such as:
Blue Light Training
Civilian Armoured Vehicle
Variety of MHE courses (inclusive of Rough Terrain Container Handler (RTCH))
Combat Support Tanker (Water/Fuel)
Enhanced Platform Loading Systems (EPLS)
Royal Marines (RM) Driver Class 1 & 2
MT Management Squadron conduct 22 course types which are predominantly fixed length, classroom based, Mechanical Transport (MT) management courses across Defence. Students range from junior soldiers to senior officers, with delivery focused on policy, legislation, MT accounting, ADR and HAZMAT. It conducts promotion and high demand courses such as Driver trade Class 2 to Class 1 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.
The Defence School of Transport (DST) was formed in 1996 as the ‘Centre of Excellence’ for driver training for personnel from the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Marines. The school provides over 94 different course types to over 10,000 trainees from all three Services and to personnel from other Government departments.
This size of operation makes DST the largest residential driver training school in the World. In addition to core training of military personnel, DST provides support to current ops worldwide.
Driver training vehicles from the Defence School of Transport cover approximately 4.75 million miles per year. This training commitment is delivered by an establishment of 173 military and 546 civilian permanent staff.
DST also has 10 satellite locations in the UK providing car licence acquisition.
The postcode for satnav users (which should not be solely relied upon) is HU17 7LX. DST is signposted Normandy Barracks and is located 3 miles north of Beverley on the A164.
There is a station in Beverley, bus number 121 passes Leconfield.
There is a station in Beverley that is accessible via Doncaster and Hull.
The Defence School of Transport
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.