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Iraqi Recruits, Junior Leaders Graduate

American Forces Press Service

KIRKUSH, Iraq, July 14, 2005 – A new crop of Iraqi soldiers and leaders completed their training at Kirkush Military Training Base here on July 13.

Basic Combat Training Class 11 held a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the eight-week course on the 13th of July. The Iraqi Training Battalion trained the group of over 990 recruits.

The Iraqi instructors focus on basic infantry skills the soldiers will need in securing their nation. Graduates will join units throughout Iraq.

The same day, the base also held a passing out ceremony to celebrate the tandem graduations of the Iraqi Army's Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant Courses.

Soldiers from across Iraq attended the four-week courses run by the Iraqi Training Brigade. The courses are designed to foster leadership in the growing Iraqi noncommissioned officers corps. More than 230 soldiers completed the Squad Leader Course and 42 graduated the Platoon Sergeant Course.

The graduates will return to be junior leaders in base defense units across Iraq.

(Based on news releases from Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq.)

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