Best Tank on the Battlefield?
The best tank on the battlefield is determined by the best crew inside it, not the best armour/gun/sights/engine/radios/reliability. That crew need to be well trained, but they also need to be educated so they can make the right decisions during combat where reality rarely replicates even the most exacting training regime. Throughout this series, training and education have been talked about as separate facets of developing the military force. Militaries tend to be ok at training people – particularly in technical skills – even if this is only done to competence rather than excellence. How much and how adequate education is for people at the pointy end of the spear is debateable. Peter talks to Kate Heaton about why this is a nonsensical approach, and how to change the relationship between training and education. It all comes down to how much we value our trainers and instructors.