British Army Royal Regiment of Scotland to train more than 300 members of Libyan security forces 130
- Posted On
Defence & Security News - United Kingdom
|Friday, June 13, 2014 11:55 AM|
|British Army Royal Regiment of Scotland to train more than 300 members of Libyan security forces.|
British Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced Wednesday that the British Army is to train more than 300 members of the Libyan security forces in the coming six months. The Libyan forces, who arrived in Britain on Tuesday, will learn basic infantry skills and military leadership at Bassingbourn Camp in Cambridgeshire of England.
Fusilier John Bryant from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, one of many 18 year-olds protecting his country in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
They will be trained on a 24-week program developed by the British Army and run by 3rd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, the MoD said.
The Libyan forces' arrival came after an announcement last year that Britain would help train up to 2,000 Libyan troops.
The training "will better prepare them to support Libya's transition to a stable and open democracy," British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said.
In January, the Libyan government agreed to fund a 24-week training program for the first batch of cadets, who have already gone through a screening and selection process in Libya.
The training package will consist of 12 modules to include drill, marksmanship, fitness, first-aid, military discipline and the law of armed conflict.
The cadet training is described as part of the General Purpose Force (GPF) program, aiming to help the Libyan government disarm and integrate militias and improve the security and stability of the country, according to the MoD.