Oromocto, New Brunswick – The Canadian Forces (CA) reintroduced the ability to rank deeply into tradition and become fully modern.
The pioneers of the attack were infantry forces with additional special training in field technical tasks – such as the door to theft with explosives – which until now was the responsibility of the Combat Engineers. Pioneer Launches Attacks on infantry battalions will ensure they have the ability to support original engineers.
Post-Cold War thinking in CA stated that this duplication was not cost-effective, so the task was given back to the regiment of the combat engineer.
Captain Colton Morris, an instructor at the CA Infantry School in Oromocto, New Brunswick who helped design the new Pioneer Assault Course, explained that senior leaders had come to see the value in the Pioneer training.
“Engineers have large envelopes of things that are their responsibility,” he said. “And without the Pioneer of Attack, they said,” We have many tasks and so that we can maintain all those skills, we run ourselves in ragged clothes. Attack engineers and Pioneers complement each other. ”
Recent field experience also shows the value of Pioneer Pioneers, he added. Since the completion of ATHENA Operations in Afghanistan in 2005, the CA has given greater emphasis to the Army of Light – agile and highly mobile combat units such as the 3rd Light Canadian Infantry (3 PPCLI) Princess Patricia’s Princess Battalion.
Lieutenant General Paul Wynnyk, when he was Commander of the Canadian Army, gave a directive that clearly defined the unique benefits of the Assault Pioneer from the Light Forces in enabling CAs to respond effectively when requested.
“A new version of Pioneer Assault will help maintain mobility in complex terrain,” he said. “So that means in the mountains and, especially now, in urban environments where skills such as violations come into play. At present the tasks are only held by engineers. They have to do things like fort buildings, clean roads, remove barriers and everything – other things. They don’t have personnel to add to the infantry. ”
This course is available to infantry soldiers from Regular and Reserve Forces, offering them additional opportunities for professional development. Four courses were held in infantry schools in the summer of 2018. Captain Morris noted that schools had been decentralized from there and would be carried out individually by various units, including the Reserve regiment, throughout 2019.
“The aim is to increase retention,” Capt Morris said. “By bringing Assault Pioneers back, we opened up other options for soldiers, companies, junior leaders – and even officers – to expand the breadth of their experience.”
The concept of military pioneers came from the Roman Empire, when they paved the way for advancing troops by, for example, cutting down forests with axes or building roads. In the Commonwealth tradition, Attack Leaders always wore beards, unlike most of their colleagues.
The origin of this exercise is unclear, although Captain Morris said there was a story about the Attack on British Pioneers who were assigned to be paraded before Queen Victoria on short notice. The story continues that they were left without enough time to care for themselves before the parade.
“Being part of this is exciting,” Capt Morris added. “In six or seven years, when I move throughout my career, I will be able to say, ‘We have another Pioneer of Attack and I am part of it.'”