BMATT (CZ) deployed a 3 man In Country Training Team (ICTT) to Feodosiya in the Crimea over the period 02 to 24 Mar 12, to deliver specific SNCO and Junior Officer training to members of the Coastal Defence Troops and the Naval Infantry Battalion (Nav Inf Bn) of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF). The training consisted of Command, Leadership, Peace Support Operations (PSO), and general military training. Additionally, this deployment has further assisted the Nav Inf Bn in their training towards NATO Evaluation Level 2 (NEL2).
The aim of the ICTT was to deliver a specifically tailored training package to 45 members of the Coastal Defence Troops and the Nav Inf Bn, to assist them in their SNCO and Junior Officer development. In addition, the team leader spent some time with the Bn staff to assist them in preparing for NEL2.
The ICTT worked hard to conduct a training course that was varied, comprehensive, and in accordance with the training objectives. The wide-ranging training that was delivered afforded the team the best chance of developing the skills of the UAF Junior Commanders, who in turn reacted well to the training and were keen to develop the new skills that they were taught throughout the course. In addition, the ICTT assisted the UAF in two extremely positive and successful media events, one of which was in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors (DV) day. These events allowed the UAF soldiers the chance to demonstrate their sound skills to the assembled press and a plethora of high-ranking Officers form across Europe and North Africa.
This BMATT (CZ) ICTT to Feodosiya Ukraine was a resounding success on many levels, and the head of the Coastal Defence Troops was extremely pleased with the quality and quantity of training that was delivered to his soldiers. Around 60 different subjects were taught to his junior commanders, whose command, leadership, and military skills improved noticeably over the three weeks. A small proportion of the troops had been trained by the ICTT in 2011 and it was pleasing to see that they had adopted the techniques that they had been taught previously. This means that the 2011 ICTT had had a positive and lasting effect on the UAF training. The DV day which was attended by numerous DA’s and senior UAF Officers was a resounding success, and allowed the UAF soldiers who had undertaken the training the chance to demonstrate their abilities to the DA’s and their own senior Officers. This day produced positive PR and feedback from the different DA’s who attended.