Defence School of Transport

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.

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Military Driver Training Squadron (MDTS)

The main effort for MDTS is the delivery of military driver training to ITT and STT Trainees on military wheeled platforms such as conversion to Landrover, MAN Support Vehicles (6T and 9T) and EPLS which is delivered by civilian driving instructors.

MDTS Mounted Tactical Wheeled Troop, who are made up of Tri-Service military personnel from multiple cap badges, are responsible for the delivery of the new GS MOD 2 Course in line with the new Combat Logistician syllabus for all cap badges which includes convoy driving on and off road, Anti-Ambush serials and tactical training.

Additionally, MDTS Accommodation Management Team administers and deliver Holdover training to vocational and non-vocational drivers through the DST training delivery pipeline and manages the accommodation for all Trainees.

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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.

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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 1 & 2

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 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.

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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.

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