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The latest and biggest of the MoD's new agencies, which will be responsible soldiers' training, was formed yesterday. It is taking over training soldiers to do their jobs from dozens of separate organisations. With 85,000 students passing through 1,400 courses in a year, and 12,000 instructors, it is equivalent to a medium-sized education authority or about eight large universitites.

The chief executive, Major General Chris Elliott, will be responsible for delivering trained soldiers to his "customers" - the Army's regiments and corps. They will include fully trained paratroops for the Paras, tank crewmen for the cavalry and helicopter pilots for the Air Corps, divers , linguists and soldiers qualified as nuclear, biological and chemical warfare instructors.

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