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First training cycle for Somali soldiers completed in Uganda

Credit: Spanish Ministry of Defense

(BRUSSELS2) The Europeans have just completed the training of a first cycle of 192 Somali non-commissioned officers. Training which lasted four months at the Bihanga camp in Uganda, including an introduction to military topography, weapons handling, transmissions, tactics, techniques and procedures necessary to be a platoon leader. The training also included courses on leadership, human rights and the law of war, as well as an overview of the structures of the Somali Transitional Federal Government and its armed forces.

But, for the 192 “trainees”, the training is not over. After a weekend of rest, a new training cycle begins this Monday, September 6. 21 Somalis will thus follow the “junior officers” module, while the other 171 recruits will go to specialized training: 91 on the “infantry” module, 20 on transmissions, 20 on first aid and 40 on the fight against improvised explosive devices.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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