As the 100th member of the British forces died in Iraq this week, Paul Jeeves spoke to the new man in charge of the Army's School of Infantry at Catterick about the challenges facing the modern day infantry.
FOR nine months last year Brigadier David Clements faced up to one of his
biggest challenges in a 32-year career in the Army
was handed the duty of helping to shape the future security of one of the most volatile nations in the world when he
was posted to Iraq to help oversee its transition from the tyrannical regime of Saddam Hussein.Brig Clements admits that the posting as deputy commander of the Multinational Security Transition Command
was one of the most demanding tasks he
helped to develop Iraq's own 200,000-strong security force with a budget of $10.9bn (Â£6.1bn), training and equipping its members.But in the wake of the death of Corporal Gordon Pritchard, the 100th member of British forces in Iraq to be killed, Brig Clements is facing just as tough a task as he oversees the training of the Army's next generation of infantry, after becoming commandant of the Army's School of Infantry, which has its headquarters at Catterick Garrison, on January 9.