Key principles of UN Peacekeeping

At SWEDINT/NCGM the United Nations Tactical Course (UNTAC) just finished. As is customary, the two-week course ended with a three-day field exercise, where the students had to deal with local civilians and IDP camps as well as hostile armed groups in the exercise grounds near Kungsängen.

Photo: Jan Gustafsson, SWEDINT/NCGM
Photo: Jan Gustafsson, SWEDINT/NCGM
Photo: Jan Gustafsson, SWEDINT/NCGM
Photo: Jan Gustafsson, SWEDINT/NCGM
Photo: Jan Gustafsson, SwAF SWEDINT/NCGM

The UNTAC aims to prepare non-commissioned officers and officers at platoon level for primary infantry tasks in a UN led or mandated peacekeeping operation. This time the course consisted of students from fifteen nations, and course director Maj Jarmo Vilo is happy with the result.

 “It’s always a pleasure observe how future squad and platoon leaders overcome language and cultural obstacles on our multinational courses, and are able actually translate the interoperability that we teach into key principles of UN peacekeeping“, says Maj Vilo. “The cooperation between units that we teach and train will be extremely valuable for anyone deploying to multinational UN missions.”