Largest Recruit Program Class Graduates
American Forces Press Service
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 7, 2005 The Direct Recruit Replacement program graduated its largest class of Iraqi Army recruits to date Feb. 5 at Numaniyah, Iraq.
The program, run by Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq, began in November 2004. The 2,867 graduates will serve with the 3rd and 5th Divisions of the Iraqi Army.
The DRR program "allows us to provide soldiers with prior military experience to rapidly fill unforeseen vacancies in the Iraqi Army," said Col. Fred Kienle, coalition military assistance training team chief of staff.
"It helps get units up to good strong fighting strength and provides us a way to do it quickly. These DRR soldiers tend to have a strong will to fight," he added.
An even larger class of the DRR program totaling 3,500 recruits is scheduled to begin mid-February. The DRR recruits typically have prior military experience and attend a three-week course run by the Iraqi Army 5th Division. The recruits learn about the opportunity through notices and word of mouth in local Iraqi communities.
The DRR course trains the prior military recruits in weapons, security procedures, patrolling, checkpoints, first aid, and basic field and fighting skills.