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Junior Leaders Academy
 
 History

The need to establish Juniors Leaders Academy for our junior leaders was felt since long in order to improve the efficiency of our junior leaders. Since Non Commissioned Officer is an important command link between officers and the troops and if this important link is weak, the end results are likely to be irreparable. To groom this teeth end in the art of leadership, Junior Leaders Academy was established at Shinkiari in May 1988. The first course started on 31 July. The Academy was formally inaugurated by the then Chief of Army Staff, General (Retd) Mirza Aslam Beg on 27 September 1988. Presently two courses, each of 5 months duration are held in a year.

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 Location

The Pakhli Plain Shinkiari, a picturesque patch in green Hazara with eye catching scenery is located on Karakoram Highway approximately 19 kilometers north of Mansehra and 165 kilometers from Islamabad. Its integral beauty lies in lush green scenic spots on Sirin River and lawns of tea gardens. Picnic spots like Chattar Plains, Dadar, Kund Bungalow, Batrasi, Darband and an august pheasantry at Dhudial, enhances the importance of Shinkiari.

In the Pakhli Plains, the summers are generally cool and pleasant with beautiful greenery all around. Monsoon season is not very comfortable due to humidity. Winters are quite severe. Mountains surrounding the valley receive appreciable snow fall in the months of January and February.

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 Educational Philosophy

To train selected persons in essential professional and leadership attributes to develop them into self-reliant and confident junior leaders.

This mission has been translated into following objectives:

  • To develop in trainees the essential leadership attributes with emphasis on self-confidence, initiative, and devotion to duty, motivation, sense of honor and pride in uniform.
  • To equip the trainees with the professional knowledge and skills so as to enable them to command, administer, train and lead an Infantry Section or equivalent in all operations of war and conduct minor operations independently. With further grooming they should be able to lead an Infantry Platoon or equivalent. To inculcate in the trainees the ability to appreciate a situation, analyse options and take decision at their level without guidance, in peace and war.
  • To improve leadership qualities and general awareness of the trainees.
  • To enable an individual to impart instructions to a squad in weapon, tactics and physical training.
  • To enable trainees to perform duties of Non Commissioned Officers appointments in an Infantry Platoon/Company or equivalent.
  • Prepare morally upright and highly dedicated/motivated soldiers.
  • Must have a high degree of physical and mental endurance. 
  • Improve general education standard.

Two types of trainings emerge under the concept of training at Junior Leaders Academy, i.e. leadership and professional knowledge:

  • For leadership training, students are given ample chance to perform as confident, sensible and proud Junior Military Leaders i.e. Section Commander, Platoon Commander and Company Non Commissioned Officers appointment holders, both during indoor and outdoor activities.
  • The professional knowledge training provides the trainee an environment of all arms combined training with a view to:
    • Expose trainees to all supporting arms.
    • Train students in adverse battle field conditions.
    • Improve leadership qualities.                       
       
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 Faculty

The Academy comprises an Academy Headquarter, Training Wing and Administrative Wing. While the administrative wing provide wholesome administrative support, the training wing under the Academy Headquarters is responsible for the planning, organization and conduct of training. It is also responsible for assessment and report writing of students. Training Wing is headed by Chief Instructor who is also the Deputy Commandant of the Academy. He holds the rank of Colonel. Other members in the training wing include 2 Lieutenant Colonels (Battalion Commanders), 8 Majors (Company Commanders) and a number of other officers forming part of training team. All these officers are of a very high profile having shown great potentials for instructional job. Apart from the officer instructors, 40 Non Commissioned Officers are also retained on the faculty strength to assist Weapon Training Officer in imparting Weapon Training and Physical Training. Overall training is organized by the Training Team under the Chief Instructor.

 

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 The Courses

The Academy conducts two courses for all arms Sepoy/Lance Naiks/Naiks each of 900 students for 22 weeks duration. The course is divided into two terms of ten and eleven weeks with a week's break in between. Bulk of the students and instructional staff is from Infantry, with a substantial strength from other arms, services, civil armed forces and Pakistan Navy. The medium of instruction is Urdu, but the Academy has the facilities and capabilities to train students of allied countries in English..

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 Extra-Curricular Activities

For the better grooming and development of leadership traits apart from professional training, the following extra curricular activities are conducted for the students:

  • Training Competitions
  • Sports Competitions
  • Debate Competitions
  • Recreational Facilities:

    To provide respite from rigors of military training, following recreational facilities are also available:
    • Academy Library
    • Recreation Room including TV/ VCRs in each training company
    • Cinema Hall
    • Computer Club
    • Tennis Club
    • Squash Courts
    • Health Club/Gymnasium
    • Cricket Club
    • Billiard Club
    • Riding Club
    • Golf Course
    • Public School and College
    • Welfare Shops
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 Campus

Junior Leaders Academy is a self-contained all arms training institution, established over a vast area, encompassing all training and recreational facilities required for an academy. Junior Leaders Academy occupies the most beautiful area in and around Shinkiari with a mix of plain and pine covered hilly terrain. The natural beauty combined with colorful man made structures and facilities specially attract the trainees, trainers and the visitors alike. The vast training areas and sports fields add life to the attractive activities at Junior Leaders Academy. All the available facilities help in training and recreation for students.

   

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 Conclusion

Junior Leaders Academy has shown great promise in a short period. It has already become the Alma Mater of junior leaders and has begun to make a difference to the quality of junior leadership in the army. A feed back on graduates of this Academy reveals that the Junior Leaders Academy has played a pivotal role in inducing the sense of competition, awareness and professional realisation among our junior leaders. Inshallah, our junior leaders will prove themselves second to none may it be war or during peace.


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