About TRADOC NA

THE HISTORY OF HQ TRADOC NIGERIAN ARMY

The Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Nigerian Army was established in 1981 with Headquarters at Minna, Niger State under Maj Gen Geoffrey Obiaje Ejiga as the Think Tank of the Army. It was charged with doctrine formulation, conduct trials and development of new equipment as well as combat development. TRADOC has the responsibility to develop a common framework and approach to NA operations from which plans could be developed and implemented through effective application of a joint doctrine. It conducts and coordinates research activities in conjunction with Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), sister services, higher institutions of learning and other relevant organisations.

The statutory function of the Command includes to oversee and coordinate the activities of all NA Training Institutions and Corps schools to ensure training is harmonized in line with NA Doctrine while also implementing AHQ training policies/directives. In addition, TRADOC provides training support to the NA and act as alternative Army Headquarters and Corps HQ when 2 or more divisions are committed in operation. In summary, the fundamental requirement of TRADOC is to meet the Army’s combat developments and training needs by evolving concepts, doctrine, weapons system and training required to win on tomorrow’s battlefield.

At the apex of TRADOC NA’s chain of command is the Commander who, by establishment, is a Lieutenant General. The Commander has the overall responsibility to administer and direct the affairs of TRADOC NA. There is the Chief of Staff (COS) who is a Brig Gen that coordinates the activities of the Command and staff branches.

There are also the G1, G3 and G4 staff branches within the Headquarters each headed by an officer of the rank of Col. Additionally, there is the Administrative Wing and other services support elements like Signals, Intelligence, Military Police, Supply and Transport, Finance, Physical Training, Army Public Relations, Legal Service, Chaplain Protestant, Chaplain Roman Catholic and Directorate of Islamic Affairs which are co-located with the HQ TRADOC NA in the Minna Military Cantonment. There is also the TRADOC NA Record Office (RO) which is located at Bida.

There are also the G1, G3 and G4 staff branches within the Headquarters each headed by an officer of the rank of Col. Additionally, there is the Administrative Wing and other services support elements like Signals, Intelligence, Military Police, Supply and Transport, Finance, Physical Training, Army Public Relations, Legal Service, Chaplain Protestant, Chaplain Roman Catholic and Directorate of Islamic Affairs which are co-located with the HQ TRADOC NA in the Minna Military Cantonment. There is also the TRADOC NA Record Office (RO) which is located at Bida.

ARMY TRAINING SUPPORT CENTRE

At the apex of the ATSC is the Director who is of the rank of Brig Gen. The Centre is made up of 4 Cells which include the System Training Support (STS), Library Service (LS), Work Production Centre (WPC) and Electronic/Maintenance Centre (EMC). The Library Service Cell (LSC) provides secondary data for research work and projects. The Library is to be linked to all NA training schools to enhance research and project works. The Centre has the following roles:

a. Advice Comd TRADOC NA on training and technology. b. Initiate policies for the NA in liaison with the Department of Training (DOT). c. Management of TRADOC NA Library and Computer Services. d. Design, produce and manage training aids for the NA. e. Produce training and examination modules in liaison with the relevant TRADOC departments, NA Corps/Schools. f. Coordinate NA Printing Press in liaison with Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps.