Captain James Curry of the Royal Tank Regiment arrived in Chile this month to take over from Captain Robert Jackson as the British officer attached to the Chilean Peacekeeping Support Operations (PSO) School - CECOPAC (Centro Conjunto para Operaciones de Paz de Chile). Chile Capt Jackson leaves for a period of training prior to deployment to Afghanistan.
Drawing on their experience in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan the UK has offered training assistance for the Chileans since 2003. This takes the form of 6-month attachments of Army captains to assist in general PSO instruction, plus preparation training for the Chilean platoons that are due to be deployed to Haiti. Furthermore, the British Army Language Scholarship Scheme identifies suitable instructors in the Spanish language and offers the British officers a chance to improve their linguistic skills and experience a Latin American country.