ROBCRehoboth Open Bible Church (New York)
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ROBCRe-Order Buffer Component
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The operations phase of ROBC gives the course a doctrinal foundation for topics such as offensive, defensive, and urban operations, emphasizing how engineers conduct and support them.
The ROBC students receive training on national policies concerning mines, reporting requirements, procedures for planning and emplacing mines, and reducing minefields.
ROBC students historically love the watermanship and bridging phase of the course, which covers small-boat operations, water safety, engineer bridge reconnaissance, and planning and construction of military bridges, including medium girder and floating support bridges--our old ribbon bridge.
Engineers can attend full courses on CBRND and EOD following successful completion of ROBC. Currently, EOD is basically an additional duty or "second hat" engineers wear in the RAE.
The ROBC also includes TEWTs, field exercises, and range safety officer (RSO)/officer-in-charge (OIC) qualifications week.
While not assessed for record, the ROBC students get feedback and guidance on their technical execution of engineer tasks and their tactical execution as leaders.
This is the culminating exercise of the ROBC. Students deploy to the field for two weeks for practical application of course topics in a high-intensity environment and are assessed for record.
One of the most memorable missions was the reserve demolitions on Engineers Bridge--a uniquely designed Bailey bridge that is famous in the RAE, since every ROBC class conducts a reserve dems mission on it.
SME helps RAE units with RSO and OIC qualifications by running a week of range qualifications at the end of the ROBC schedule.