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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

MEG puts novel philosophies to train young recruits; focus on anger management, stress & firing skills

The Indian army is trying to stay mindful of cultural differences and stress management as it develops training strategies for new recruits. “We are now dealing with new-age soldiers,” says Brig. Gurdip Singh, commandant at the Madras Engineer Group and Centre (MEG&C). Every young recruit enrolled for the 19-week basic military training program at MEG&C needs to undergo a set of e-learning packages. The use of firing range simulators has raised the bar for weapon training. “The standard of firing has gone up,” Singh says. “As we use new firearms, the role of simulators becomes pivotal. For a young recruit, the simulators are like PlayStations. They enjoy it, but at the same time they tune their firing skills. Everything is documented so that they know where they stand.” Instructors also keep an eye on the recruits for proper anger management. (Full report in AW here.)

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