Montserrat Defence Force Corporal Attends Infantry Battle School in Wales

RMDF Corporal Melvin Lindsey

The Royal Montserrat Defence Force (RMDF) is proud to announce that Corporal Melvin Lindsey recently returned from a training course held for two weeks at the British Army Infantry Battle School in Brecon, Wales. The course ran from 10 August 2019 to 23 August 2019.

The corporal attended a Platoon Sergeant Battle Course (Reserve) PSBC (R) with other military personnel from different branches within the British Military. Mr. Lindsey’s attendance was made possible through support of the British Defence Attaché’s Office based in Jamaica. The course had 15 participants and Cpl. Lindsey was the only international student present on the course.

The Platoon Sergeant Battle Course (Reserve) is designed to assist the development of sergeants and potential sergeants in the skills necessary to function in the role as a platoon sergeant. This training course fell within the time frame of the Platoon Sergeant Battle Course for persons that are within full-time military service. The full-time course ran for seven weeks. The two-week Reserve training course was a broken down in two sections, Foundation Military Skills for week one, which focused on classrooms lectures introducing students to the roles and duties of the Platoon Commander and the Platoon Sergeant in relation to orders extraction and writing and issuing platoon orders while Offensive Action was covered in week two. This was practical and field based, where students spent four days completing various exercises under different role appointments ranging from platoon commanders to signallers.

Commanding Officer Major Alvin Ryan said he was very happy with the results of the training. He is pleased at the accomplishments of Cpl. Lindsey and is confident that the recently completed training course would be highly beneficial to the force and the country of Montserrat on a whole. In addition, Major Ryan is extremely grateful to the British Defence Advisor Lt. Col. Anton Gash for the work he and his office has done in affording the RMDF to be a part of this and other training opportunities during his tenure in office.