A new Military Advisor Training Academy at Fort Benning, Georgia, will train both noncommissioned and commissioned officers assigned to a new type of unit: the Security Force Assistance Brigade (or SFAB). The first six-week course at the academy is scheduled to begin in October. Eventually, six of these new SFABs will stand up. These new brigades will be staffed with 500 senior NCOs and officers who will have the expertise to help train foreign militaries. The academy itself will have a cadre of approximately 70 instructors, including some Special Forces soldiers. SFAB officers and NCOs will receive follow-up training in foreign languages, cultural studies and foreign weapons.It will take about a year to train a unit up to full operating capability.