Our purpose here remains centered on helping the Iraqi people win the struggle for their freedom. In that vein, Iraqi political and military leaders, along with Iraqi soldiers, police, and citizens are making steady progress against the insurgency. They are also making progress in developing capable Iraqi army and police forces and creating effective provincial governments. (Transcript)
Maj. Gen. David Rodriguez
Commander, Multinational Force Northwest and Task Force Freedom
IRAQI TROOP FACTS
Iraqi army soldiers go through eight-weeks of basic training including:
- basic soldiering skills
- instruction in weapons
- drill and ceremony
- soldier discipline
- physical training
The Iraqi army will ultimately be comprised of 27 battalions of infantry - including nine special Iraqi Intervention Force battalions - and three transportation battalions. The army will be organized into nine brigades and three divisions.
Iraqi Intervention Force
The Iraqi Intervention Force is the counter-insurgency wing of the Iraqi army. After graduation from basic training, IIF soldiers spend several weeks and months in intensive "military operations in urban terrain" follow-on training. Soldiers work through instruction in the art of street fighting and building clearing operations typical to anti-insurgent operations in cities and towns.
Iraqi Special Operations Force
The Iraqi Special Operations Force is the Iraqi Armed Forces' high-end strike force. Selection for the force begins in the Iraqi National Guard and Iraqi army units already operating in the country. Recruits are then put through an intensive vetting process which takes 10 to 14 days. These Special Operations soldiers then follow a rigorous training regiment which includes:
- land navigation
- small-unit tactics
- unconventional warfare operations
- direct action operations
- airmobile operations
- counterterrorism, survival, evasion, resistance, and escape training
Source: Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq
July 19, 2005
The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is hosting a Salute to the Army Dinner Gala this evening at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala. At the event, a National Guard Soldier will be awareded the Bronze Star and reunited with the Captain whose life he saved.