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Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI)

Royal Air Force personnel have graduated from a US Marine Corps training course, the first overseas students to have fully participated in the gruelling, Weapons Tactics Instructor Course.

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Two Royal Air Force Chinook CH-47 helicopters from 27 Sqn, RAF Odiham located in Hampshire (UK), have deployed to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona, USA to take part in a twice-a-year training a development programme known as WTI. WTI stands for Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and is a course that aims to develop aircrew – both pilots and NCO’s – to an instructional level. It is conducted in the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) building.

Following completion of this, they will then be able to transfer and disseminate these skills to those in their chain of command. Not only are the aircrew trained to instructional level, but they are also able to practise and develop niche skill sets that would normally only be developed in active conflicts. An example of this is deploying to a Forward Arming and Refuelling Point (FARP) in order to provide rapid refuelling and arming to other air and land assets in remote locations, often far from their main operating base.

| British Armed Forces News

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Photographer: SAC Ed Wright RAF, Cpl Tim Laurence

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