Renowned Sri Lanka Air Force Combat Training School in Diyatalawa is the premier training camp of the SLAF. And it is the primary ground combat training centre for SLAF Regiment and other ranks well known as “Cradle of the Air Force”. The establishment was taken over from the Royal Ceylon Air Force on 15th October 1952 at the “Stable Hill” where “Bently Parade Ground” is existed now. The camp area was used as a stable during the British rule; even now you can witness the remaining old buildings which have been converted as ballets were used as stables.
Since then under the auspices of the British Royal Air Force, training was first offered to Royal Ceylon Air Force personnel with the commencement of the first Instructors Course in 1952.
The first Officer Cadet Course was commenced on 19th February in 1953.From time to time according to the occasion demanded the courses and the training programme were changed.
The training was initiated by Flt Lt JVP Howard in April 1952 as the Chief Instructor and, due to the restructure of appointments the authoritarian of the Training Wing was appointed as the Officer Commanding Training (OCT) since January 1988. Flt Lt Pallewela being the first OCT and by now 22 OCTs commanded the Training Wing. Presently Wing Commander M Senevirathana is holding this prestigious appointment.
Customary Commissioning Parades of the Air Force were held at the “Bentley Parade Ground” for many years before SLAF Academy China-Bay amidst international and national dignitaries.
Sri Lanka Air Force Officers’, Foreign Officers’ and Airmen’s courses are conducted by Chief Instructor Officers’ Training, which is a new appointment that was introduced to the administrative system of the School.
Senior and Junior Officers’ Refresher Courses
Drill Instructor Technique Course
Gunner Instructors’ Training Course
Physical Training Instructors’ Advanced Training Course
Advanced Regiment Officer Cadet Course
Basic Officer Cadets’ Training Course
Physical Training Instructors’ Basic Training Course
Basic Information Technology Course
Recruit Training Course
Regiment Officers Operational Performance Development Module
Sniper Training Course
Sharp shooter course
Designated Marksmanship course
Defensive and Limited Offensive Sniper course
CTS Diyatalawa is always filled with visitors during the holidays and vacations. This School is always ready to host the holiday makers of the service and accommodation and recreational facilities for the respective ranks are provided at their Holiday Homes.