British offer 'Adventurous Training' in Brac
Capt. Vance White
First published in
SFOR Informer#131, January 31, 2002
Each nation participating in SFOR has different morale
packages offered to its personnel. One opportunity that set
the British Forces apart was the Adventurous Training (AT)
package that was available to their own troops. Now, the opportunity
to participate in trekking, dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking,
diving, rock-climbing, mountain biking and orienteering is
open to soldiers of any nationality serving within SFOR.
As long as their participation at Adventurous Training does
not hinder a unit's ability to complete operational tasks,
soldiers are now given the opportunity to travel to Brac,
Croatia, to learn new skills. For one week, they may build
confidence by attempting training activities not normally
available to them.
Officially, the aims of AT are to help individuals develop
the qualities of fitness, physical and moral courage, initiative,
endurance and leadership through group participation in challenging
pursuits and to identify and select suitable individuals for
further training. A secondary objective is to provide soldiers
with a break from their current operational deployment.
"Recently, there have been plenty of empty spaces in
the one-week course provided at the Adventurous Training Centre
Brac, which is on the island-town of Povlja," said Capt.
Martin Annis, the new commanding officer of ATC Brac. The
opportunities provided in the small town, located about 40
km Southeast of Split include the activities mentioned above,
as well as water-skiing, snorkelling (summer only) and offshore-sailing
in a "Nicholson 55" around the nearby islands (May-August).
The empty positions are now being opened to other nationalities
on a first-come, first-served basis. Vacancies for non-British
troops can only be confirmed a day or two before travelling
to ATC Brac, as UK soldiers reserve priority for training.
A week of fun
Troops travel to Brac on Thursday and return to their units
the following Wednesday. Each day, different activities are
available to the soldiers, which allows them the opportunity
to try each challenge at least once. Individuals are able
to partipate in the activity of their choice on the final
day. Members of the ATC staff organise various evening events
at the Hotel Galeb, where the training is based.
British soldiers interested in in the ATC Brac activities
are encouraged to either talk to their local AT representative,
or to use their chain-of-command. Other nationalities should
contact the nearest British unit, or send an e-mail to ATC
Nations of SFOR: UK