May 3, 2019 —
For four weeks, Task Force (TF) Narvik conducted a High Intensity Close Combat Training (C4) course at the Iraq Counter-Terrorist Defense Academy. The objective was to train Iraqi cadres in close combat who can, in turn, train their soldiers. This training was set up to respond to a need expressed by the command of the Iraqi counterterrorism forces, which wants to equip its troops with the best techniques for close combat.
More than a sum of techniques, the C4 is an offensive approach to combat that gives the soldier reflexes to dominate the opponent in single combat. In addition to learning techniques, there is the transmission of instructing know-how that will enable future instructors to instruct their men.
The courses are taught by two TF Narvik non-commissioned officers who teach instructional postures and management of operational situations. Both have been qualified by the National Commando Training Center and are now sharing their expertise to increase the capabilities of their counterparts. “We must make sure that the soldiers appropriate the technique to fight as required by extreme missions. At the same time, they are given the education tools to enable them to conduct such sessions themselves,” explained Sergeant Clément.
A phase synthesis makes it possible to measure their progress. Each Iraqi trainee was assessed on their ability to return techniques. Beyond the diploma, this acquired know-how represents directly exploitable expertise in the operations of the Iraqi counterterrorism forces who are still engaged in the fight against Daesh in Iraq.
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