ROTATIONAL UNIT OPERATIONS

 

The Jungle Warfare Course (JWC) is a three week training event designed in a building block approach. The first week of training consists of individual soldier tasks and squad collective tasks (for the infantry companies), that are likely to be performed in a jungle environment. These tasks include: Jungle Living, Jungle Antennas, Land Navigation, Mines and Booby Traps (M&BT), jungle Combat Techniques (JCT), Waterborne Training, Squad React to Contact (Live Fire), and Squad Area Reconnaissance.

Additionally in week one, the battalion’s specialty platoons (Scout, Mortar, and Engineer) conduct training prepared specially for them.

Specialized training for the Scout Platoon includes: A Quick Fire (Live Fire) Course, Squad React to Contact, Battle Drills (Live Fire), Mines and Booby Traps (M&BT), Small Boat Operations, Rappelling, Intelligence Indicators, Pathfinder Operations, as well as the normal infantry Individual tasks.

Specialized training for the Mortar Platoon/Sections includes: Mortar Jungle Combat Techniques, M&BT, Mortar Maneuver Course (Live Fire), as well as the normal infantry individual tasks.

Specialized training for the Engineer Platoon includes: Field Expedient Demolition (Live Fire) Training, M&BT, JCT, Small Boat Operations, as well as the normal infantry individual tasks.

Week two training consists of Situational Training Exercises (STXs) conducted at the Platoon and Company Level. Examples of these STXs included: Platoon Raids, Company Area Ambushes, Platoon Raid Live Fire (PRLF), and Company Cordon and Search.

Army Landing Craft Mediums (LCMs), Landing Craft Utility (LCUs), as well as CH-47, UH-60, and UH-1H helicopters were utilized to insert, move and exfiltrate soldiers from the field during week two.

Week three, the final week of training, consists of a comprehensive Field Training Exercise (FTX). The FTX begins with and operations order (OPORD) issued from the brigade commander (JOTB) to the rotational battalion commander. The rotational battalion then conducts troop leading procedures (TLP) necessary to plan for the upcoming mission. The battalion then deploys to the field for three to five days. Again, different types of Army transportation assets are utilized during week three.

The Jungle Warfare Course was repeated, in generally the same manner, eleven times during FY96.

The second course offered at the JOTB is the Engineer Jungle Warfare Course (EJWC). This four week course is broken down into two weeks of field training for the rotational engineer company and two weeks of troop construction (mission related) for Fort Sherman. The two weeks of training covers engineer related individual, squad and platoon tasks, what would be performed in a jungle environment.

The third course offered at the JOTB is the Air Crew Survival Course (ACS). Aircrews from Army aviation and Air Force units within Panama participate in the ACS, which is a ten (10) day event. In this course, up to 30 aircrew students learn basic survival techniques such as crossing water obstacles, land navigation, improvised tools and weapons, traps and snares, food procurement and preparation, and escape and evasion. The training culminates in a four day survival exercise designed to test the student’s ability to survive alone or in a small team should they find themselves in hostile territory. The JOTB is seeking to expand this course and offer it to pilots and crews world-wide.