This was yet another opportunity for me to train another foreign military, and due to my prior experience and my abilities proven to my command, I was fortunate enough to be selected for this operation. This was another example of Project Management that I gained experience in. Myself and two other Marines developed a Marksmanship Course for training the Georgian Soldiers in using the M4 carbine. My responsibilities as the team lead were:
- Develop a roughly 4 week training cycle to train Georgian Soldiers as Instructors of Rifle Marksmanship while developing a training program for the rest of the Battalion in rifle marksmanship.
- Develop a qualification course of fire to test the skills and abilities of the soldiers while training the Georgian instructors on how to implement such a qualification course of fire.
- Include int he training formal periods of instruction, including the development of the multimedia and presentations, teaching the instructors how to teach on the platform, and building their skills in training their peers.
- This included developing the Instructor’s leadership skills, as the Georgian military did not much support the idea of their Non-commissioned officers leading without direct control and supervision, centralized around their officers.
- Coordinate the supplies and logistics of training about 400 Georgian Soldiers, including acquisition or construction of targetry, ammunition, construction of the range, and training area.
Once we made it out to the country of Georgia, we linked up with the men who would make up the instructor cadre of the school. I then conducted periods of instruction, working with interpreters, to teach the instructors how to give the period of instruction. We executed the training schedule that I had created and were able to certify the instructor cadre, and supervise their teaching of the battalion, one company at a time. This was completed successfully.
We then moved on to the actual practical application portion of the training. We were able to make use of the very simple and not very well supplied military training areas to teach the fundamentals of marksmanship, including proper weapons handling, firing positions, close quarters engagement, and dry fire training practices. After this, we moved out to the training area where we built the firing range. We assisted the instructors in training all 400 soldiers in the basic of marksmanship. We conducted two week of live fire training exercises, including close quarters engagement and long range engagement. At the completion of the course, all 400 soldiers managed to qualify on the rifle range with their M4 carbines.
After the successful completion of this operation, I was then tasked with developing a training schedule for teaching Patrolling and Offensive operations for the battalion. Unfortunately I was not able to remain with the detachment to conduct this training, but the officer in charge of the detachment accepted my schedule and implemented it with the instructors that came in to replace us. I then returned home in April of 2010.