Regional Training Institute (RTI)

Crafting Our Future NCO's

 

Written by CSM Joseph Spencer

Photos by Spc. Kelly K. Collett  - Published - Nov. 29, 2004

   
Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC) students are provided the opportunity to acquire leadership skills and the knowledge to lead a squad or team sized element.  It forms a foundation for further training and development as a Non Commissioned Officer.  Training focuses on self-discipline, professional ethics, values and how to train, lead, discipline and develop soldiers.  They learn how to deliver soldier performance oriented counseling.  They also focus on caring for soldiers and their families.  The training culminates with map reading, a land navigation exam and a Field Training Exercise (FTX).  The FTX allows them to serve in various leadership positions and to be evaluated in troop leading procedures.  Soldiers that graduate from PLDC are motivated and are prepared to serve in positions of greater responsibility.

 

A Soldier takes his turn as Squad Leader and prepares his troops

Photo by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

 

A Soldier takes his turn as Squad Leader and prepares his troops

for patrol.

Trainee's take a quick time out on top of Rock Pile Hill to eat

Photo by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

 

Trainee's take a quick time out on top of Rock Pile Hill to eat

MRE's and interact with each other.

A squad of Soldiers practice movement and stop to plan their next step.

Photo by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

 

A squad of Soldiers practice movement and stop to plan their

next step.

A Trainee pays attention to the RTI Sergeant as they have an after actions review.

Photo by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

 

A Trainee pays attention to the RTI Sergeant as they have

an after actions review.

Soldiers were briefed by RTI instructors before heading out on missions.

Photo by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

 

Soldiers were briefed by RTI instructors before heading out

on missions.

Prior to leaving on patrol, Soldiers were given sufficient ammunition for returning fire.

Photo by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

 

Prior to leaving on patrol, Soldiers were given sufficient ammunition

for returning fire.

A Soldier stays at ready in case of an ambush.

Photo by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

 

A Soldier stays at ready in case of an ambush.

While on patrol the trainees were ambushed by their sister squad. This soldier took up a quick supported position to fire back.

Photo by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

 

While on patrol the trainees were ambushed by their sister squad.

This soldier took up a quick supported position to fire back.

Soldiers took every effort to cover and conceal their movements while training.  They also practiced noise discipline to keep from being located by enemy forces in the area.

Photo by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

 

Soldiers took every effort to cover and conceal their

movements while training.  They also practiced noise discipline

to keep from being located by enemy forces in the area.

A Soldier takes cover as he falls back from a ambush.

Photo by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

 

A Soldier takes cover as he falls back from a ambush.

Soldiers enjoyed delicious MRE's as part of their training exercise.

Photo by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

 

Soldiers enjoyed delicious MRE's as part of their training

exercise.

An RTI Sergeant gets the attention of the trainee's and divulges information to help them succeed with their mission.

Photo by Spc. Kelly K. Collett

 

An RTI Sergeant gets the attention of the trainee's and divulges

information to help them succeed with their mission.