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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 PSO training courses
  • PSO training courses
  • junior command and leadership training
  • live firing marksmanship training 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 18 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 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 to improve their indigenous training capabilities, especially in respect of PSO training. Currently, there are some 34 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.

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 peace support operations training 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 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 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 or officer is as close as possible to the operational performance.

Suitable for: Officers and WOs involved in course design and evaluation

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

Operational shooting course (OSC)

The aim is to teach an officer or 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 WOs with the knowledge to develop effective and imaginative training with an emphasis on operational shooting.

Suitable for: OF1, OF2, OF3, OR5, OR6 and OR7.

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

Vyškov based courses for 2018 are as follows:

Serial Course Start End Bid by
1 ITC-1801_(CZE) 7 January 2018 2 February 2018 29 October 2017
2 MPSO-1801_(CZE) 18 February18 16 March 2018 10 December 2017
3 JCLC-1801_(CZE) 15 April 2018 11 May 2018 4 February 2018
4 MPSO-1802_(CZE) 27 May 2018 22 June 2018 18 March 2018
5 OSC-1801_(CZE) 1 July 2018 27 July 2018 22 April 2018
6 JCLC-1802_(CZE) 2 September 2018 28 September 2018 24 June 2018
7 ITC-1802_(CZE) 14 October 2018 9 November 2018 5 August 2018
8 D&E-PSO-1801_(CZE) 25 November 2018 7 December 2018 16 September 2018

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

BMATT courses handbook

BMATT bidding pro forma

BMATT Deployed Teams (BDTs)

BMATT Deployed Teams (BDTs) tasks are a key part of the unit’s mandate and some 60% 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:

  • Moldova
  • Slovenia
  • Kosovo
  • Uzbekistan
  • Belarus
  • Albania
  • Kazakhstan
  • Croatia
  • Ukraine
  • Armenia

BDT deployments during 2018 are planned to:

  • Croatia
  • Ukraine
  • Armenia
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Macedonia
  • Ubekistan
  • Kosovo
  • Moldova
  • Hungary

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

Published 12 December 2012
Last updated 15 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated the BMATT courses handbook.
  2. Updated course dates for 2018.
  3. Revised content to include more recent information.
  4. Updated to include details of courses provided and further information on how service personnel can apply.
  5. First published.