28) In addition, the author obtained a copy of the Combat Advisor Handbook published by CALL and the Afghanistan Combat Advisor Development Program Course book used for predeployment training at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Combat Advisor Handbook (Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures).
Any combat advisor or instructor can teach HNSF for both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL), Combat Advisor Handbook, April 2008.
Fort Riley Training Mission, Directorate of Cultural Influence and Counterinsurgency, Afghanistan Combat Advisor Development Program, Fort Riley, Kansas, Course book, April 2008.
Fort Riley, "Afghanistan Combat Advisor Development Program," handbook, Fort Riley, Kansas: First Army, 2008.
In addition, a combat advisor (CA) may attend several weeks of training to be an advisor and still may not have a clear vision of what he will actually be doing once he is in theater.
The KLE is the crux of what a combat advisor does, and your KLEs with your Afghan counterparts may take twice as long as a meeting with your American peers.
Being a combat advisor is certainly one of the most challenging, frustrating, and rewarding assignments an Army leader can have.
Combat advisors deploying to train and partner with HNSF tactical level units should receive significant instruction in the weapons they will encounter, especially if they are not U.
Unlike combat advisors, conventional units partnering with HNSF will probably never be in the situation where they are required to fight with a HNSF weapon system.
They should also attend the live-fire exercises described above for the combat advisors, since these individuals are, in effect, tactical level advisors.
Figure 1 shows the recommended training for company-level leadership, non-tactical combat advisors, platoon-level leadership, and tactical combat advisors.
B Company is one of two companies in 1st Battalion that trains security force assistance brigade combat advisors.
While a combat advisor or a conventional unit will not have the time or resources to become an expert on a foreign weapon system, the recommended training will provide them with a minimum level of competency that will make them a more effective element in the COIN fight.