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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 co-operation 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
  • design and evaluation of training
  • PSO training courses
  • junior command and leadership training
  • live firing marksmanship training courses
  • marksmanship coaching courses

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. BMATT(CZ) is very much a joint UK/Czech operation, composed of 19 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 major theatres of conflict.

The team’s mission statement is:

To provide military training courses, training assistance, mentoring and advice to partner countries, in order to further develop their professional armed forces and their capabilities to participate in regional stability and 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 4 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 (WOs), soldiers, marines and polices of all ranks are trained at Vyškov each year.

Second, each year BMATT(CZ) deploys small teams known as BMATT Deployed Teams (BDT), 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 from NATO, NATO PfP and EU countries to improve their indigenous training capabilities, especially in respect of PSO training. Partner countries are primarily from Central Asia, the Caucasus, Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Baltics and North Africa.

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

How to get to Vyškov

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 course
  • analysis, design and evaluation of training course
  • marksmanship coaching 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 BMATT(CZ) Deployed 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

The SOB can be delivered in the host partner country if required.

Junior commanders leadership course (JCLC)

The aim is to develop the command and leadership skills of Junior Commanders.

Suitable for: OF1, OR4, OR5, OR6

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.

Suitable for: OF1, OR4, OR5, OR6

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

Multinational peace support operations (MPSO)

The aim is to train officers and senior NCOs in the techniques and procedures for PSO operations and training.

Suitable for: OF3, OR5, OR6, OR7, OR8, OR9

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

Design and evaluation of training course (D&E)

The aim of the course is to enable students to analyse, design, deliver and assure training within their units.

Suitable for: OF2, OF3 and OF4 involved in course design and evaluation

Number per year: 1 course per year
Duration: 2 weeks
Maximum course loading: 30 students

Marksmanship Coaching Course

To develop the military education and training of Senior and Junior Non Commissioned Officers so they have the ability and knowledge to improve their units Marksmanship standards

Suitable for: OR5, OR6 and OR7.

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

Vyškov based courses for 2020 are as follows:

Ser From To Duration (weeks) Code Title Places
1 12 Jan 7 Feb 4 ITC-2001 Instructor Training Course 30
2 1 Mar 27 Mar 4 MPSO-2001 Multinational Peace Support Operations Training Course 30
3 26 Apr 22 May 4 JCLC-2001 Junior Command and Leadership Course 30
4 31 May 26 Jun 4 MPSO-2002 Multinational Peace Support Operations Training Course 30
5 5 Jul 17 Jul 2 MCC-2001 Marksmanship Coaching Course 30
6 19 Jul 31 Jul 2 MCC-2002 Marksmanship Coaching Course 30
7 6 Sep 2 Oct 4 JCLC-2002 Junior Command and Leadership Course 30
8 18 Oct 13 Nov 4 ITC-2002 Instructor Training Course 30
9 22 Nov 4 Dec 2 D&E-PSO-2001 Design and Evaluation Course 20

The BMATT courses handbook and bidding pro forma are available here:

BMATT courses handbook

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BMATT Deployed Teams (BDTs)

BMATT Deployed Teams (BDTs) tasks are a key part of the unit’s mandate and some 66% 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 BDT comprises an officer or WO as team leader and 2 to 5 OR5, OR6 or OR7 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 BDT. ‘Train the trainer’ is the key to an effective cascade of best practice and that is what BMATT(CZ) instructors strive to achieve.

Recent BDTs conducted in the last 12 months have been:

  • Albania
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Lithuania
  • Moldova
  • Morocco
  • North Macedonia
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine

BDT deployments during 2020 are planned to:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Croatia
  • Georgia
  • Hungary
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan

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 455572
Fax: +420 973 451900
Email: cos@bmattcee.moduk.cz

Published 12 December 2012
Last updated 12 December 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added updated course information for 2020.

  2. Updated courses information for 2019.

  3. Updated the BMATT courses handbook.

  4. Updated course dates for 2018.

  5. Revised content to include more recent information.

  6. Updated to include details of courses provided and further information on how service personnel can apply.

  7. First published.