I am pleased to welcome you to the United Nations Tactical Course (UNTAC) 2017, conducted 13-24 March. My experienced and committed staff and I are looking forward to seeing you here at the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre/Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations (SWEDINT/NCGM). The overall aim of our two week course is to develop and improve your practical skills with an emphasis on United Nations peacekeeping operations (PKO) techniques.
UNTAC will be held at the Life Guards Regiment located in Kungsängen, 40 km northwest of Stockholm, the Swedish capital, where SWEDINT/NCGM is located. Participants are expected to arrive and report to the Course Administrative Office not later than 12.00 hrs on 13 March.
I am sure you are fully aware that the official language throughout the course is English – in classes/lectures, exercises and during our social events. You must be able to communicate in English. I therefore strongly urge you to start brushing up your English before the course starts. To get you started, SWEDINT/NCGM will be sending you an English for UN Military Peacekeepers handbook soon. Please, bring the book to Sweden. It is a practical training resource aimed at teaching UN Military Peacekeepers English language to increase interoperability and build relations on UN peacekeeping missions overseas. The UNTAC will, as you understand, also be an intensive language session to be considered as an extra bonus.
Participants are encouraged to conduct an Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) session before the course begins. Please take a moment and visit the Peace Operations Training Institute website. SWEDINT/NCGM encourages you to study parts of the free online course “Principles and Guidelines for UN Peacekeeping Operations Course’: Chapter 3 – The Basic Principles of United Nations Peacekeeping.”
With UNTAC, we have a tradition of hosting a “student´s national briefing”. I invite you all to prepare a 5-7-minute presentation of your own country. The presentation will be held at the end of our first week. If you have any fellow national student(s) participating in this course, please try to prepare the briefing together.
A battle dress uniform is required during the course. I recommend you to check the weather before you leave your country, as it can still be very cold in March (temperatures ranging from +5 to -15 °C). You will need your best dress uniform for the Closing Ceremony and Closing Dinner. Please bring your physical training (indoors or/and outdoors) gears, and civilian clothing for off-duty hours and our welfare activities in the spirit of UN PKO in the vicinity of Stockholm on Saturday and Sunday.
I look forward to welcoming you to UNTAC 2017!
Maj Jarmo VILO
Course Director UNTAC