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EUTM Mali begins training the 4th battalion

European trainers and Malian soldiers lined up during the training start ceremony, this Wednesday, January 8 (Credits: EUTM Mali)
European trainers and Malian soldiers lined up during the training start ceremony, this Wednesday, January 8 (Credits: EUTM Mali)

(BRUSSELS2) The GTIA4, the fourth battalion of the Malian army, officially began its training at the Koulikoro camp (north of Bamako). As with the first three battalions formed, European trainers will train Malian soldiers for 10 weeks. The first two weeks will be devoted to the fundamentals, the basis of specialized training (infantry, engineering, commando, logistics, etc.). The training will conclude with three weeks of exercises by specialty and a final summary exercise for the entire battalion.

Comment (NGV): This is the end of the first training cycle of EUTM Mali which will have ensured, as planned a year ago, the training of four battalions of the Malian army. At the time, some comments cast doubt on this European capacity to carry out its task on time and in the formats. The reality was quite different. The EUTM Mali mission will also be extended in order to ensure a new training cycle.

Leonor Hubaut

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