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Brigadier General Franz Nager

Commander Infantry Training Unit

Swiss Armed Forces

The 56-year-old Brigadier General Nager, of Lucerne LU and Realp UR, joined the Professional Officer Corps of the Infantry in 1990.

As a unit instructor, he worked in the Mountain non-commissioned officer (NCO) schools - and Basic Military Training in Stans and was then deployed to 2000 as Commander Deputy of mountain non-commissioned officer (NCO) schools - and Basic Military Training. After studying at the Infantry Captains Career Course (ICCC) at Fort Benning, USA, Brigadier General Nager served as a group leader from 2002 to 2003 on the Leadership and General Staff Course in Kriens LU. From 2004 he took over the command of the single term recruit school in Aarau AG. In 2007, Brigadier General Nager successfully completed the Master of Advanced Studies in Security Policy and Crisis Management at ETH Zurich. From 2007 he served as commander of the Center of Competence Mountain Service of the Army in Andermatt UR. On the first of January 2012 he was appointed by the Federal Council with promotion to Brigadier General and commander of the Mountain Infantry Brigade 12.

Since 2016 he leads the Swiss Infantry Training Unit. He is responsible for the Infantry Recruit School, Infantry Non-Commissioned (NCO) and Infantry Officer Schools. He supports the supervisors in the planning, evaluation, procurement, introduction and liquidation of military materials and systems.

He is married and has two adult sons. He enjoys his family, mountain sports, hiking and jogging.

Training Benefits by using the Swiss CTC

The challenges for the Infantry Training Unit
• Today's battlefield;
• The infantry operational procedure;
• The infantry of the future.

Planning, implementation of training at the combat training center (CTC)
• Level brigade and level battalion of militia type formation (example of a multi-year planning);
• Level Infantry (procedure of the basic training, within 18 weeks ready for mission);
• Basics for a successful exercise.

Types of Training
• Live Simulation;
• Live Fire.

Benefit of Live Simulation
• Very close to reality;
• Competence and professionalism;
• Possibilities and potential;
• Evaluation and AAR;
• Certification of each level (platoon, company, battalion).

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