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HILLAH, Iraq, Nov. 30, 2005 – The 2nd Iraqi Army Brigade here successfully completed its certification process Nov. 29, military officials reported.
From Nov. 24 to 27, military instructors from Multinational Division Central South tested the combat readiness of 2nd Brigade headquarters and sub-units.
The exam confirmed that the brigade is ready to plan and conduct military activities independently, officials said, opening the way for coalition forces to hand over security responsibility in Iraq's Babil province to Iraqi army units.
From now on, 2nd Brigade will plan and conduct independent operations within its area of responsibility, officials said. Multinational division support will be given only in emergencies by a quick-reaction force, medical evacuation or air support. Multinational division military advisers and trainers will still monitor 2nd Brigade activities, officials said.
Originally posted by LA_Maximus
It is good news, what most civilians don't understand is its easy to train up the non-commisioned soldiers (sergeants/privates), but it takes time to grow the officer corps.
It takes the US Army about 20 years to produce an effective Colonel and even more for a General.
The Iraqi military forces have made great progress in a very short time.....yet the babies keep crying "whats taking so long"????
Originally posted by enslaved83
I agree with you that the officer training is the key. I would be interested, do you have specific figures, background info that gives a clear picture of what the Iraqi forces are capable of as I have been unable to find any.
There is a ready made officer class in Iraq as we speak but most of them are Bathists. Do you think it they should be incorporated back in the Army as a quick fix or a new class built from scratch? Indeed, was it wise to disband the army in the first place? Just interested in your opinion.
I have no specific figures, Im just an old soldier who knows what makes an Army tick. The officer Corps is the backbone of any organized Army and their not grown overnight. It takes time.
The former officers in Saddams Army were really nothing but Thugs and murderers. These kind of people have no place in the new Iraqi forces......what America is doing is starting from a clean slate.
Its a miracle they have come so far so fast.....remember everyone is useing US forces as a benchmark for Iraqi unit comparasons and our units are the best in the world....bar none.
As far as dis-banding Iraqi forces...it had to be done. Theres no way the Shiites and Kurds would accept the former Army as it was...it had too much blood on their hands.
Hey, its nice to talk with someone who is not insulting me.