The aim of the basic combat training program - to prepare an infantry platoon leader for the Lithuanian army, to be able to lead in peace and war situations, following NATO procedures and tactics. The program development and improvement is based on the experience of cadet training methodology, pedagogy and management at the Military academies of Western countries.
The basic combat training program was comprised regarding the following factors: newly purchased armament, combat materiel, communications facilities, the fact that the armed conflicts of the 21 century require mobility, rapid reaction and fast operational support.
At the military academy military training is comprised of individual training of a serviceman, a squad or a platoon. Company and battalion management procedures are also introduced to the cadets.
For 7 weeks in the training regiment young cadets live serviceman’s everyday life, learn how to fire from infantry weapons. In the firing ground they learn how to pitch a tent using available means, how to cook food.
The cadets study maps, compasses and learn how to use them.
They are also taught how to cooperate with the others, to take the initiative. Their abilities to carry out the tasks are checked.
Having finished this course, the cadets continue their studies at
the academy. The cadets are introduced the following subjects: tactics, weaponry and shooting, engineering, topography, NBC defence, communications, logistics, teaching methodology, leadership, war pedagogics and psychology, etiquette, and a lot of other subjects necessary for a lieutenant.
During the lectures and trainings of tactics, cadets are introduced to the structure of the armed forces of Lithuania and neighbouring countries, they learn how to plan and perform different operations. Under the guidance of the instructors the cadets learn how to lead a group of soldiers during training.
During weaponry and shooting training the cadets improve their shooting skills, master a lot of weapons that are used in the Lithuanian army. They practise the skills of shooting and grenade throwing at the firing ground.
At the combat engineering lectures and trainings the cadets are taught how to handle explosives. They are given a possibility to practise to demolish an obstacle.