ASU GAGETOWN, New Brunswick — Thirty-six soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, started module six of the infantry Primary Leadership Qualification (PLQ) course on February 2, at the Atlantic Area Training Centre (AATC).
This marks the first time that the AATC has run the infantry module. The leadership training began for these candidates on November 27 utilizing battalion resources. The lessons focused on modules one to five that are common to all PLQ courses.
The basic principles of leadership have not changed but what have changed are the theatres of operations junior leaders are exposed to. Senior instructors at the AATC indicate that soldiers training must reflect the current state of affairs in the world today.
"We have a very complex environment in other parts of the world. The war on terrorism is creating new demands in terms of leadership, specifically at the Master Corporal level. This is where we really have to invest the best leadership training. That means taking our soldiers beyond generic tasks to tactical tasks." said Brigadier General Mike J. Ward, Commander of Land Force Doctrine and Training System, during his recent visit to Base Gagetown.
PIC2R"Flexibility and attitude is a big thing, it is a lot of hard work. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Improve on your weaknesses and it will make you stronger. A good all round soldier is what this course is going to put out," said Corporal Paul White, PLQ infantry course candidate.
The students will also take part in Exercise SILENT WARRIOR, a three-day, two-night urban operations exercise scheduled for April 6 to 9. Students will be assessed in patrol orders format and patrolling operations
Participants in the ten-week course are scheduled to graduate on April 14.
Article and photos by Master Corporal Kevin MacAulay