Bastion Basic Training Phase (14 weeks)

The 14-weeks Bastion Basic Training Phase embeds basic security skills you are required to apply throughout the rest of your training and throughout your professional career as a Bastion Risk Solutions Operative.

Bastion Basic Training comprises of the following critical outcomes (subjects):

• VIP & High-Risk Guarding (3 weeks)
• Bastion Weapon Training (5 weeks)
• Evaluation Week (1 week)
• Map Reading, Land Navigation and Basic Air Photo Interpretation (2 weeks)
• Fieldcraft (3 weeks)
• Daily Routine Activities

The 5-weeks VIP and High-Risk Guarding follows the Basic Weapon Training Course and underpins the basic, essential security skills required for the remainder of your 12-months Risk Solutions Operative Training and throughout your professional career as a Bastion Risk Solutions Operative alike.

On successful completion of the 5-weeks VIP and High-Risk Guarding Course, you will obtain the following accreditations (qualifications):

•  PSIRA Grade E – A or the SASSETA General Security Skills 1 – 3 qualification, depending which one is relevant to the Security Regulator (PSIRA) at the time.

During your VIP and High-Risk Guarding Course, you will learn the following skills, to name but a few:

•  Wash and iron your clothes.
•  Correctly apply shoe laces.
•  Shine your boots and shoes.
•  Prepare an inspection bed.
•  Prepare an inspection cupboard.
•  Conduct cleaning and maintenance.
•  To handle, operate, clean and maintain security equipment.
•  Ethics and Etiquette
•  The Role and Importance of Intelligence
•  The Role and Importance of Security
•  Legal Aspects (Affecting a Citizen’s Arrest; Self-Defence; Statutory Regulations; etc.)
•  Court Procedures and Giving Evidence
•  Radio and Telephone Communication
•  Terrorism (Identification and Recognition of Terrorist Weapons)
•  Observation, Guarding and Patrolling
•  Access and Egress Control
•  Searches and Search Procedures
•  Cooperation With the South African Security Forces

Musketry and weapons proficiency are essential core skills to any Risk Solutions Operative. Bastion Akademie applies a non-compromising approach to weapon safety and the application of sound musketry principles. During Basic Weapon Training, we spend quality time on the shooting range which personal attention is paid to each and every student, ensuring that the musketry principles are soundly applied.

On successful completion of the 5-weeks Bastion Weapon Training Course, you will obtain the following accreditations (qualifications):
•  SASSETA Legal Aspects
•  SASSETA Handle and Use of a Handgun
•  SASSETA Handle and Use of a Handgun for Business Purposes
•  SASSETA Handle and Use of a Shotgun
•  SASSETA Handle and Use of a Shotgun for Business Purposes
•  SASSETA Handle and Use of a Manually-Operated Rifle
•  SASSETA Handle and Use of a Manually-Operated Rifle for Business Purposes
•  SASSETA Handle and Use of a Self-Loading Rifle
•  SASSETA Handle and Use of a Self-Loading Rifle for Business Purposes

During the Bastion Weapon Training Course, you will be trained to handle the following weapons:
•  9mm CZ-75 Handgun
•  9mm Beretta Handgun
•  Pump-Action Shotgun
•  .303 Lee Enfield Manually-Operated Rifle
•  AK-47 Self-Loading Rifle
•  LM Self-Loading Rifle
• FN FAL (R-1) Self-Loading Rifle
•  AR-15 (M-4) Self-Loading Rifle
However, our Bastion Akademie Weapon Training Course teaches you the following skills with each weapon category, something rarely taught by any other weapon training institution:
•  The Fundamentals of Musketry
•  Safety Rules and Safety Precautions
•  Stripping and Assembling (blindfolded against time)
•  Cleaning and Maintenance
•  Shooting Range Orientation and Procedures
•  Basics of Tactical Combat Shooting

Map Reading and Land Navigation are additional core skills of any Risk Solutions Operative: In your line of duty, you not only have to plot a land navigation course for vehicle movement and for foot patrols, but also have to correctly plot Rendezvous’, caches, and Landing Zones (LZ’s) for fixed-wing aircraft and loose-wing aircraft (helicopters; gyrocopters; etc.).

During the 2-weeks Map Reading, Land Navigation and Air Photo Interpretation Course you will learn to:

•  Pack and carry your personal combat equipment according to Special Forces’ standards.
•  Prepare a map for tactical security operations.
•  Plot your position on a map.
•  Plot a navigation course.
•  Navigate with instruments (map and compass).
•  Navigate without instruments, i.e. navigation by means of the sun, moon, stars, nature, etc.
•  Conduct elementary (basic) air photo interpretation by identifying basic natural land artificial features.
• Tactical navigation by day and night.

Fieldcraft is another entry level skill to all tactical bush-related training and operations. It entails the fundamentals for all tactical movement and all Immediate Action Drills.

During our 3-weeks Fieldcraft Course you will learn to:

• Prepare and pack your personal equipment for bush operations.
• Camouflage and concealment of yourself, your weapon, your equipment and vehicles.
• Correctly and accurately judge distance as to apply sound musketry.
• Fire control and fire discipline.
• Conduct Immediate Action (IA) Drills.
• Prepare an improvised perimeter by means of digging combat trenches.
• Occupy Temporary Bases (TB’s).
• Applying sound tactical movement skills.
• Cross obstacles such as fences, wires, ditches, minefields by means of prodding, etc.
• Stalking
• Range Maps

During our 3-weeks Fieldcraft Course, you will experience an operational tempo you never imagined, because we need to hone and imbed the aforesaid Fieldcraft skills, most especially for the upcoming Vasbyt. It is most especially during this course that you will learn to rely on yourself, your equipment and on your training.

The daily routine activities refer to all other training and activities not necessarily included in any of the aforesaid courses and which not only still form an essential part of the entire training programme, but which also form part of the make-up and training of a Risk Solutions Operative.

These skills and activities include:

• Drillwork
• Inspections
• Discipline and the respect for seniors, elders, ladies and somebody else’s property.
• Physical Training (marble PT; pole PT; fitness progress tests; long-distance walking; etc.)
• Food preparation and presentation.
• Conducting guard and sentry duties.
• Accepting responsibility for one’s actions and for others’ property.
• Cleaning and maintenance.
• Operating hand tools (spades, picks, gardening equipment, tools and spanners, etc.).
• Quiet Time, reflection and spiritual growth.