U.S. Army trains troops for electronic war

Jan. 3, 2007 at 1:21 PM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has set up two new training schools to prepare its solders for electronic warfare, the Army Times reported Tuesday.

"Hundreds of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are training at two new Army schools to become electronic warfare operators," the newspaper said.

"The joint training began Oct. 1 at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Fort Sill, Okla., in three- and six-week courses, respectively. The courses were developed by sailors because the Navy has had a longstanding electronic warfare training program," it said.

The paper said that after finishing the course, troops would be given "an additional skill identifier." There is a possibility that eventually the qualifications earned on the course may be upgraded into a "military occupational specialty," Col. Laurie Buckhout, chief of the Army's Electronic Warfare Division, told the newspaper.

"Soldiers in the grade of E-6 and above will work in electronic warfare at the battalion level, and E-7s or first lieutenants will work on the brigade staff. At the division and corps level, commanders will choose captains, warrant officers and senior noncommissioned officers," the Army Times said.

"The electronic warfare training is not MOS-specific and soldiers will be hand-picked to attend the courses by commanders of combat arms, combat support and combat service support units getting ready to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan," the newspaper said.

Buckhout said the courses would provide valuable training for troops involved in combating insurgent or guerrilla forces. Among the uses of electronic warfare was using it to try and neutralize increasingly sophisticated improvised explosive devices, she said.

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