Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

Soldiers pass skills test

Jan von der Felsen in Steph Crosier article
Kingston Whig Standard, December 21, 2015

The German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge is not for the faint of heart. With three different levels of achievement, each one takes military training and physical fitness. At the end of November members of the Princess of Wales' Own Regiment (PWOR), Royal Military College of Canada cadets and two Kingston Police officers achieved the badge after eight challenges.

German Air Force Colonel Oberstleutnant Jan Von der Felsen, equivalent to a Canadian Forces lieutenant-colonel, was asked to judge and present the badges to the 32 individuals who completed the challenge.

"The badge has physical elements to it, it has a lot of basic soldiering elements to it that all require a certain standard that has to be passed. The badge is an award that is given to an individual soldier showing that he passed these standards and lived up to basic soldiering skills," Von der Felsen said.

"Nationality doesn't matter; it's basic soldiering skills that are universal."

The basic soldiering skills tested include: a 100m swim in combat uniform, minus boots; combat first aid; a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defence test; pistol shooting qualification; and load-bearing march carrying a 15kg rucksack. Physical tests must be completed within 90 minutes. They include an 11x10m sprint test, a flexed-arm hang and a 1,000m run.

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