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Military Driver Training Squadron (MDTS)

MDTS focuses on military driver training and combat readiness. It plays a crucial role in providing military driver training for Tri-Service students. The training is delivered by civil servants on a range of military wheeled vehicles, including Landrovers, MAN Support Vehicles (6 Tonne), and Enhanced Platform Loading Systems (EPLS).

A notable component of MDTS is Combat Troop, which comprises of military personnel from various cap badges. This troop delivers convoy driving, both on and off-road, night driving, and tactical training.

In addition to its core training programmes, MDTS offers tailored training packages, including the RLC Troop Commanders Course. These bespoke programmes are designed to equip commanders with the skills and knowledge necessary for their roles in the Field Army.

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Driver Training Squadron (DTS)

DTS offers foundation and progressive driver training for a range of licences, from car (Cat B), truck (Cat C), truck and trailer (Cat C+E), coach (Cat D) to minibus (Cat D1). This training covers both theory knowledge and practical driving skills.

Contractor Driver Training (CDT) is overseen from a central location in Leconfield, with training also held at DST North and DST South. CDT offers license acquisition training for both vocational and non-vocational drivers, catering to various cap badges. This includes obtaining licenses for driving trucks and trailers (Category C+E) using contractor vehicles. However, military vehicle training is not part of CDT and is instead handled at the unit level or through the Military Driver Training Squadron at DST.


Specialist Transport & Management Squadron

Specialist Transport & Management Squadron delivers a total of 71 specialist training courses to students from all 3 Services, this includes Instructor, Operator and Mechanical Transport (MT) Management courses.

These courses cover a wide range of vehicle types including Quad Bikes, Forklift Trucks, Armoured Vehicles and Fuel Tankers, all these vehicles any many more which personnel can receive training on are utilised for a variety of tasks in support of the UK Armed Forces and UK Government both in the UK and on Deployed Operations overseas.



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Mechanical Handling Equipment Section 

  • Rough Terrain Forklift  
    Rough Terrain Cargo Handler (RTCH) 

MT Management 

  • Defence Transport Manager 
  • RLC Master Drivers Course 
  • RLC Transport Specialists 

MT Upgraders 

  • Defence Driving Examiner 
  • Defence General Service Driver Conversion Instructor 

Communication Information Systems (CIS) Squadron

The Communications Information Squadron is a small and technically proficient team which is renowned for delivering courses to an exceptional standard, setting a benchmark for excellence in training within the realm of communication technologies. With a dedicated team of both military and civilian instructors who possess extensive expertise and practical experience, the squadron ensures that every course is meticulously designed to meet the evolving demands of the communication systems. Whether it is imparting fundamental principles or advanced techniques, they employ innovative teaching methodologies and state-of-the-art facilities to provide students with a comprehensive learning experience. Communications Specialists provide essential support to maintain communications at all times. CIS Squadron provide Communication Information support to Combat Service Support (CSS) Regiments. Operate and set up cutting-edge Communication systems in order to deploy anywhere on a digital battlefield. Through rigorous curriculum development and hands-on training exercises, the squadron prepares learners with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in their roles, contributing to the overall operational readiness and effectiveness of the Army.  


CIS Sqn are responsible for the delivery of quality training and advice to all Regular and Reserve CSS Arms personnel. The courses delivered capture students ranging 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.