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Training

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers attending the Operational Training Advisory Group training package for Afghanistan held at Lydd Training Camp between 16 and 21 July were subsequently deployed to Iraq; and what extra theatre-specific training was provided for such soldiers. (91497)

The number of individuals who attended the Operational Training Advisory Group training package for Afghanistan held at Lydd Training Camp between 16 and 21 July, but who subsequently deployed to Iraq is not centrally held. This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Approximately 80 per cent. of the Operational Training Advisory Group training is generic and about 20 per cent. theatre specific but all individuals receive additional theatre specific training during the reception, staging and onward integration process on arrival in an operational theatre. This covers procedures specific to theatre, acclimatisation and cultural awareness. This training lasts between three to five days.