Master Sgt. Robin Pollard, rear-detachment first sergeant for 472nd Military Police Company, said a 40-hour course like the Basic Combatives Course (Level I), should normally only take five work days, but with a large portion of the unit currently deployed, they had to get creative.
“The unit’s goal is to get 100 percent of the company certified on Combatives Level 1 and with the current missions that we have, with the sections and senior (noncommissioned officers), we are trying to be inventive in order to get the training incorporated for them,” said Pollard.
“What we are doing is a morning three-hour combatives certification per day, for two weeks, in order to get the 40-hour block of instruction,” she said. “By doing it over a two-week period in place of the (physical training), the leadership and section sergeants can be at their duty position throughout the day and not being taken away for a full week at a time.”
Despite limited manpower, all soldiers with the MP Company are also current on Combat Lifesaver Certification and Cold Weather Indoctrination Course.
“We had a number of soldiers needing to re-certify on CLS, so we’ve had our medics go over to where the patrols are working law enforcement prior to them going on shift and do re-certification for all of those soldiers in order for us to maintain our proficiency,” said Pollard.
“With the CWI course, we have to run multiple iterations,” she said. “We are working with the 28th Military Police Detachment in order to get personnel that might not have been able to attend it and they are attending as well.”