Guidance

British Military Advisory Training Team (Czech Republic)

Find out about military instructor training and personal development courses, provided by BMATT (CZ), to promote international co-operation.

The British Military Advisory Training Team based in the Czech Republic (BMATT(CZ)) delivers an important part of an agreed security co-operation programme by promoting military cooperation and understanding, building trust and assisting with the development of professional and efficient armed forces under civil democratic control. BMATT(CZ) particularly seeks to assist by increasing the capabilities of partner countries to participate in multinational peace support operations (PSO).

BMATT(CZ) offers a range of bespoke training drawn from the following core business:

  • instructor training courses
  • PSO instructor training courses
  • command and staff courses
  • design and evaluation of PSO training courses
  • PSO Mission pre-deployment training
  • junior command and leadership training
  • live firing, either marksmanship or tactical

BMATT(CZ)

This combined British and Czech team is located at Vyškov, within the Military Academy of the Czech armed forces, and has been in existence since 2000. Today, BMATT(CZ) is very much a joint UK/Czech operation, composed of 17 UK and 5 Czech military personnel and with considerable training and administrative support provided by the Czech Army. BMATT(CZ) personnel are all high quality instructors with a wealth of operational experience from today’s major theatres of conflict.

The unit’s mission statement is:

To provide military training courses, training assistance and advice to partner countries, in order to further develop their professional armed forces and their capabilities to participate in multinational peace support operations.

Training is delivered in 2 ways:

First, throughout the year at Vyškov, BMATT(CZ) conducts a series of instructor training and personal development courses. This is multinational training, conducted in English, with a typical instructor training course being 6 weeks in duration and consisting of 30 students from between 11 to 15 countries. Training for peace support operations (PSO) is a core theme, with courses to train instructors to teach practical PSO skills and to train staff in key planning procedures within a multinational HQ. Some 300+ officers, warrant officers, sergeants and corporals are trained at Vyškov each year.

Second, each year BMATT(CZ) deploys 6 to 8 small teams known as In-Country Training Teams, usually for 3 to 4 weeks, to selected countries to provide a range of training assistance and advice. Again, PSO is a core theme, with instructor training courses and assistance with the planning, conduct or mentoring of the delivery of operational pre-deployment training making up the majority of these tasks.

The combined impact of this training is to help partner countries to improve their indigenous training capabilities, especially in respect of PSO training. Currently, there are some 33 partner countries from Central Asia, the Caucasus, Central and eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Baltics and North Africa, who benefit from the training delivered by BMATT(CZ).

All training is provided free of costs, less a small food and accommodation charge for students from NATO countries attending Vyškov courses.

BMATT(CZ) Vyškov based courses

Student information regarding Vyškov based courses:

The following courses are conducted and based at the Military Academy in Vyškov:

  • senior officer briefing
  • junior commander leadership course
  • instructor training course
  • multinational peace support operations instructor training course
  • analysis, design and evaluation of peace support operations training course
  • command and staff course
  • operational shooting course

Senior officer briefing (SOB)

The aim of the SOB is to brief senior military delegations from individual partner countries on the multinational training courses conducted at Vyškov and on the range of bilateral assistance and advice that BMATT(CZ) provides via its In-Country Training Teams, in order to further develop BMATT(CZ) engagement with each partner country.

Number per year: 5 to 8 briefings per year
Duration: 1.5 days
Maximum course loading: 8 personnel accompanied by the UK DA

Junior commanders leadership course (JCLC)

The aim is to develop the command and leadership skills of Junior Commanders. It is ideally suited for junior officers of Second Lieutenant and Lieutenant rank, Sergeants and Corporals.

Number per year: 2 courses per year
Duration: 4 weeks
Maximum course loading: 30 students per course

Instructor training course (ITC)

The aim is to provide instructors with the necessary techniques to train conscripts contracted soldiers and professional soldiers in conventional military skills. It is ideally suited for junior officers of Second Lieutenant and Lieutenant rank, Sergeants and Corporals.

Number per year: 1 course per year
Duration: 6 weeks
Maximum course loading: 36 students per course

Multinational peace support operations instructor training course (MPSO ITC)

The aim is to train officers and SNCOs to plan, conduct and supervise PSO training. It is ideally suited for officers up to major rank, warrant officers, staff sergeants and sergeants.

Number per year: 3 courses per year
Duration: 6 weeks
Maximum course loading: 30 students per course

Design and evaluation peace support operations training course (D&E PSO TC)

The aim is to teach the Defence Systems Approach to Training (DSAT) utilising peace support operations. Use of DSAT ensures that the training received by the soldier is as close as possible to the operational performance. It is ideally suited for officers and Warrant Officers involved in course design and evaluation.

Number per year: 2 courses per year
Duration: 2 weeks
Maximum course loading: 30 students

Command and staff course (CSC)

The aim is to develop the military education and training of officers so that they can be more effective professionals in their own armed forces and when deployed on operations, or in a multinational headquarters.

In addition:

  • to study leadership and operational planning techniques
  • plan a specific operation during a peace support operation deployment
  • plan an ‘all arms operation’ at battle group level within a brigade, division and corps context

It is ideally suited for captains and majors, but lieutenants and lieutenant colonels may be accepted.

Number per year: 1 course per year
Duration: 4 weeks
Maximum course loading: 20 students per course

Operational shooting course (OSC)

The aim is to teach an officer/WO the necessary techniques and knowledge to ensure that a unit is trained to a standard where it has the ability to shoot effectively on operations. The course will equip officers and warrant officers with the knowledge to develop effective and imaginative training with an emphasis on operational shooting. It is ideally suited for officers up to major rank and warrant officers. Staff sergeants and sergeants may be accepted.

Number per year: 1 course per year
Duration: 4 weeks
Maximum course loading: 24 students per course

Vyškov based courses remaining in 2013/14 and forecast of Vyškov based courses 2014/15:

Date Training course
10 Feb 2014 Design and evaluation of peace support operations training course 13/02
24 Feb 2014 Instructor training course 13/01
5 May 2014 Junior commanders leadership course 14/01
9 Jun 2014 Junior commanders leadership course 14/02
7 Jul 2014 Operational shooting course 14/01
7 Jul 2014 Command and staff course 14/01
8 Sep 2014 Multinational peace support operations instructor training course 14/01
13 Oct 2014 Design and evaluation of peace support operations training course 14/01
27 Oct 2014 Multinational peace support operations Instructor training course 14/02
12 Jan 2015 Multinational peace support operations Instructor training course 14/03
2 Feb 2015 Design and evaluation of peace support operations training course 14/02
16 Feb 2015 Instructor training course 14/01

In-Country Training Team (ICTT)

‘In-Country Training Team’ (ICTT) tasks are a key part of the unit’s mandate and some 50% of our time and manpower resources are dedicated to this vital outreach work. The reason is straightforward, the UK’s armed forces and, increasingly, our Czech counterparts, have a wealth of experience to offer countries currently engaged in the transition from conscript-based to truly professional, democratically accountable armies.

The British experience is considerable, spanning many decades of expeditionary operations and more recently on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Czech Republic’s recent experience of reshaping its forces to meet the needs of its responsibilities in the 21st Century, combined with lessons learned in deploying alongside its allies, provides another perspective with many valuable lessons for other partner countries at whatever stage has been reached in the evolution of their respective military capabilities.

A typical ICTT comprises an officer/warrant officer as Team Leader and 2 to 5 senior non-commissioned officers as instructors. All will have recent operational experience or have come from employment in key training posts. Wherever possible, this team is reinforced with BMATT(CZ) trained instructors serving with the host nation and normally the target audience will be potential instructors. Ideally the host nation instructors will have attended a BMATT(CZ) course at Vyškov although frequently this requirement is met by their having been trained on an earlier ICTT. ‘Train the Trainer’ is the key to an effective cascade of best practice and that is what BMATT(CZ) instructors strive to achieve.

To date, 2013 ICTTs have been conducted in:

  • Ukraine: instructor training course
  • Serbia: MPSO ITC
  • Kazakhstan: instructor training course
  • Kosovo: range management course
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: MPSO ITC
  • Morocco: MPSO ITC

Visit: In-Country Training Team deployments for a summary of the deployments in 2013.

BMATT(CZ) maintains a busy programme for the remainder of 2013/14 and looks forward to continuing to make this contribution during 2014/15, which is ultimately intended to facilitate meaningful engagement in current Peace Support Operations.

BMATT (CZ) assignment

UK and Czech military personnel interested in serving with BMATT(CZ) should contact the Chief of Staff:

Chief of Staff
BMATT(CZ)
VÚ 1970
Víta Nejedlého
Vyškov 682 01
Czech Republic

Telephone: +420 973 451902
Fax: +420 973 451900
Email: cos@bmattcee.moduk.cz

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