Part of the ultimate goal of the coalition is to train and equip the Iraqi Army so that they can maintain and sustain positive security in the region. The goal is to aid the Army and Iraqi Police so they can keep things safe, and ultimately be independent.
Along those lines, recently a Military transition team that is stationed out of the Forward Operating Base Falcon about 9 kilometers south of Baghdad has began to teach operational skills to the Iraqi Army stationed alongside them. The MiTT is working to create skills and operations experience among the members of the Iraqi Army.
Soldiers assigned to the 33rd Cavalry Regiment are working to instruct Iraqi troops on a five day basic training type mission, using Army and United States tactics and operations tempo that have been adapted to be useful for Iraqi Army Soldiers.
It is a cross between basic soldiering skills and things that they can use on a practical matter every day, some of which they have already known, other things are new to them.
Troops and soldiers from the 101st Airborne, 3rd BCT, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Squadron, Headquarters and Headquarters Company have devised the new course, and it has been proving very well received and successful among the Iraqi soldiers.
The course is one that will be taught once a month, and has the ability to instruct and teach 25 Iraqi soldiers at a time. They can accept up to five Iraqi Army soldiers from each of the five companies serving, this way gradually all of the Iraqi Army soldiers are given the chance to learn these new skills.