COGAT reservists and officer cadets participated in an extensive training simulation which included exercises that they are likely to experience in the field as officers in COGAT.
Date: 20.11.13 Author: Raanan Loew
This week marks the final week of the current Officers Training Course for the COGAT cadets, concluding what has been a strenuous 8 month journey. As part of their final qualifications, a two day graded exercise was carried out in which the cadets were given the opportunity to face situations that they are likely to experience in the field. Current field officers, as well as dozens of reserve officers took part in this two day exercise of nearly 300 participants in order to provide the most realistic experience possible.
“There are multiple goals for this exercise,” explained Lt. Col. Sharon Biton, head of the School for Coordination and Liaison Affairs. “The cadets need to be able to put all that they have learned into use in a real-time simulation. Furthermore, the presence of reserve officers not only allows the cadets to operate and learn from those who have held similar posts in the past, but it also gives the reservists an opportunity to stay up to date on new procedures”.
One of the cadets, Ayal Salman, stood out from amongst his peers. At age 25, he decided to go to officers’ training school after already serving 3 years in COGAT, having completed his B.A. in Political Science at the University of Haifa before enlisting. In one of the exercises, he struggled, before eventually succeeding to convince an area commander that the advice of the international community could not be ignored. In another simulation, he was able to quickly restore order after a peaceful protest erupted into violence. In yet another, he successfully carried out a transfer of seized weapons from the PA to the IDF for disposal.
“The participation of the current regional commanders is crucial, as it allows the cadets to familiarize themselves with the men and women they will serve with—as well as under—in their new posts” stated Lt. NizarSalameh, one of the commanders of the cadets. “Solving problems in a simulated environment now, and receiving critique and feedback from the veteran officers running the stations will enable the cadets to overcome obstacles more easily and improve their judgment in the field”.
Two days after the completion of the simulation the Cadets were awarded their officer ranks in a formal ceremony in the town of Beit Lid.