Training The Afghan National Army

It is not just the recent war in 2001 that has completely changed the fate of Afghanistan. Afghanistan has been in turmoil since the Soviet Invasion and since then it has not settled. Afghanistan has seen 3 regime changes out of which the worst was the Taliban rule. The current situation has become somewhat bearable, if not good.

As we all know, there are 2 main areas where the government needs to pay attention in order to build a nation and those are security and economy. The current government of Afghanistan which is headed by Dr. Hamid Karzai is trying to build both sectors equally. Of course, there are a lot of factors that make Dr. Karzai’s work extremely hard.

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However, the most progress is taking place in the areas of security, especially the Afghan National Army (ANA).

NATO invaded Afghanistan in the year 2001 and ousted the Taliban regime which was occupying the country. NATO invaded Afghanistan on account of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York. The NATO believes that the head of Al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, was hidden somewhere in Afghanistan. Afghanistan was invaded as a result, but Osama Bin Laden remains at large even today.

Even though the NATO forces have occupied all of Afghanistan, it has just ousted the Taliban and not eliminated it. The Taliban still exists and is becoming more powerful by the day. And as a result of them still existing in Afghanistan, there is an upsurge of insurgency.

NATO knows that it cannot leave Afghanistan just like that without fixing their security situation. Even NATO is facing an extremely tough time fighting Taliban insurgents. The Taliban is killing many NATO troops in many series’ of attacks and bomb blasts. Many are being ambushed and massacred. It is no surprise though that NATO is facing major losses in Afghanistan. It is a true fact that Afghanistan has never been kind to invaders.

So when the NATO leaves, probably in the year 2014, it wants to leave a strong Afghanistan which is perfectly capable of protecting and defending itself from the Taliban and other terrorist groups.

The NATO has taken responsibility to train the Afghan Army troops. And the training is going on in full swing.

The NATO complains that there are a lot of problems when it comes to training the Afghan National Army.

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First of all, instructors complain that the Afghan troops are too uneducated to take up military training. They are unable to read or write or understand what they are being taught. In fact, their general illiteracy has proved to be a big disadvantage to their trainers. They don’t even have the knowledge of personal hygiene. Instructors had to conduct classes in order to teach them personal hygiene. And considering the fact that conducting classes in order to teach them something as basic as personal hygiene is pretty bad in itself. Their lack of education has proved to be dangerous in the battlefield. NATO recalls incidences when Afghan soldiers were engaged in a fistfight among themselves in middle of operations.

Second of all, the new recruits that come are hooked to narcotics. That comes as no surprise considering the fact that most of the Afghan people, from little babies to old people, are big consumers of drugs. As a result, you have a force which is always on drugs. This is a very detrimental factor that affects the Afghan National Army. But this is a very big problem in itself when you know that most Afghanistan’s population are heavy consumers of drugs and that there are very few facilities for rehabilitation for drug addicts.

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Third of all, many instructors and trainers have complained of insubordination and lack of respect for superiors. This is linked to the fact that most of Afghanistan’s population is uneducated. Insubordination may cause a lot of problems especially in the middle of battles. Lack of respect for superiors may also cause desertions and desertions could be a very bad thing for the Afghan National Army.

Instructors also complain that the new recruits of the Afghan National Army take much longer when they are training. They have scored poorly in firearms training and self-defence. Instructors claim that there is very slow improvement especially when it come to firearms training. It takes the Afghan soldiers much longer to actually hit a target accurately and that comes in the way of their performance in the battlefield where sometimes it is all about hitting a target accurately.

Even with all these problems though, there is a lot of hope.

The Afghan soldiers are not all that bad. The instructors and trainers have a lot of praise for them as well.

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First of all, instructors and recruiters are very happy about the fact that many recruits are pouring in to serve in the Afghan National Army. The numbers have surged phenomenally and that is indeed a source of great news.

Afghan soldiers are aware of the terrain and are born into it. They are used to this weather and the terrain and can work on it pretty well. They are on an equal footing when it comes to insurgents born and brought up in Afghanistan. When they are provided with the proper weapons and the proper training, they can easily beat the Taliban or any other terrorist outfit in Afghanistan. This is where the NATO faces problems. Its troops cannot bear the terrain too well and they cannot work on it as effectively.

NATO troops praise the ability of the Afghan soldiers to quickly spot Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s). IED explosions kill and injure many NATO troops each day and the unique ability of Afghan soldiers to spot it in time helps saves a lot of life. With some more training, this ability can be harnessed and perfected to a degree where IED’s can be immediately detected and neutralized.

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True, there are a lot of problems and there is a time factor that worries not only the NATO but the whole of the international community. But nevertheless, we can keep hope in the NATO and the Afghan National Army and with continued faith in them, they can train to be a strong force which is perfectly capable of protecting Afghanistan from the Taliban or other terrorists and safeguard Afghani interests.

It is not just the recent war in 2001 that has completely changed the fate of Afghanistan. Afghanistan has been in turmoil since the Soviet Invasion and since then it has not settled. Afghanistan has seen 3 regime changes out of which the worst was the Taliban rule. The current situation has become somewhat bearable, if not good.

As we all know, there are 2 main areas where the government needs to pay attention in order to build a nation and those are security and economy. The current government of Afghanistan which is headed by Dr. Hamid Karzai is trying to build both sectors equally. Of course, there are a lot of factors that make Dr. Karzai’s work extremely hard.

Image via Wikipedia

However, the most progress is taking place in the areas of security, especially the Afghan National Army (ANA).

NATO invaded Afghanistan in the year 2001 and ousted the Taliban regime which was occupying the country. NATO invaded Afghanistan on account of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York. The NATO believes that the head of Al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, was hidden somewhere in Afghanistan. Afghanistan was invaded as a result, but Osama Bin Laden remains at large even today.

Even though the NATO forces have occupied all of Afghanistan, it has just ousted the Taliban and not eliminated it. The Taliban still exists and is becoming more powerful by the day. And as a result of them still existing in Afghanistan, there is an upsurge of insurgency.

NATO knows that it cannot leave Afghanistan just like that without fixing their security situation. Even NATO is facing an extremely tough time fighting Taliban insurgents. The Taliban is killing many NATO troops in many series’ of attacks and bomb blasts. Many are being ambushed and massacred. It is no surprise though that NATO is facing major losses in Afghanistan. It is a true fact that Afghanistan has never been kind to invaders.

So when the NATO leaves, probably in the year 2014, it wants to leave a strong Afghanistan which is perfectly capable of protecting and defending itself from the Taliban and other terrorist groups.

The NATO has taken responsibility to train the Afghan Army troops. And the training is going on in full swing.

The NATO complains that there are a lot of problems when it comes to training the Afghan National Army.

Image by The U.S. Army via Flickr

First of all, instructors complain that the Afghan troops are too uneducated to take up military training. They are unable to read or write or understand what they are being taught. In fact, their general illiteracy has proved to be a big disadvantage to their trainers. They don’t even have the knowledge of personal hygiene. Instructors had to conduct classes in order to teach them personal hygiene. And considering the fact that conducting classes in order to teach them something as basic as personal hygiene is pretty bad in itself. Their lack of education has proved to be dangerous in the battlefield. NATO recalls incidences when Afghan soldiers were engaged in a fistfight among themselves in middle of operations.

Second of all, the new recruits that come are hooked to narcotics. That comes as no surprise considering the fact that most of the Afghan people, from little babies to old people, are big consumers of drugs. As a result, you have a force which is always on drugs. This is a very detrimental factor that affects the Afghan National Army. But this is a very big problem in itself when you know that most Afghanistan’s population are heavy consumers of drugs and that there are very few facilities for rehabilitation for drug addicts.

Image via Wikipedia

Third of all, many instructors and trainers have complained of insubordination and lack of respect for superiors. This is linked to the fact that most of Afghanistan’s population is uneducated. Insubordination may cause a lot of problems especially in the middle of battles. Lack of respect for superiors may also cause desertions and desertions could be a very bad thing for the Afghan National Army.

Instructors also complain that the new recruits of the Afghan National Army take much longer when they are training. They have scored poorly in firearms training and self-defence. Instructors claim that there is very slow improvement especially when it come to firearms training. It takes the Afghan soldiers much longer to actually hit a target accurately and that comes in the way of their performance in the battlefield where sometimes it is all about hitting a target accurately.

Even with all these problems though, there is a lot of hope.

The Afghan soldiers are not all that bad. The instructors and trainers have a lot of praise for them as well.

Image via Wikipedia

First of all, instructors and recruiters are very happy about the fact that many recruits are pouring in to serve in the Afghan National Army. The numbers have surged phenomenally and that is indeed a source of great news.

Afghan soldiers are aware of the terrain and are born into it. They are used to this weather and the terrain and can work on it pretty well. They are on an equal footing when it comes to insurgents born and brought up in Afghanistan. When they are provided with the proper weapons and the proper training, they can easily beat the Taliban or any other terrorist outfit in Afghanistan. This is where the NATO faces problems. Its troops cannot bear the terrain too well and they cannot work on it as effectively.

NATO troops praise the ability of the Afghan soldiers to quickly spot Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s). IED explosions kill and injure many NATO troops each day and the unique ability of Afghan soldiers to spot it in time helps saves a lot of life. With some more training, this ability can be harnessed and perfected to a degree where IED’s can be immediately detected and neutralized.

Image via Wikipedia

True, there are a lot of problems and there is a time factor that worries not only the NATO but the whole of the international community. But nevertheless, we can keep hope in the NATO and the Afghan National Army and with continued faith in them, they can train to be a strong force which is perfectly capable of protecting Afghanistan from the Taliban or other terrorists and safeguard Afghani interests.

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