Military Training: What Needs to Change?
In 2023, a report by the Royal United Services Institute on military training didn’t make headlines. And that’s a shame becuase it was a good read, and important too. The findings were not ground breaking but they codified the challenges facing the UK military and its military training provision (and infrastructure). There were snippets that did rile however. The focus on STEM was particularly interesting; why would those skills be more important than soldiers holding a defensive line? Even in a commercial partnership, risk is still being displaced to the front line. It might be acknowledged and shared by higher HQs but the reality is that the burden still falls to people at the edge (either taking a gap or an untrained person). The underlying issue, it turns out, remains one from our first episode: despite the rhetoric of seniors, defence simply doesn’t like paying training budgets; the MoD doesn’t prioritise training in the face of other requirements. Peter talked to one of the reports authors, Pat Hinton, about the reports key conclusions.