The 16th contingent is preparing for Afghanistan

The Staff Officers course (FS SOC) is conducted twice a year, Mach and October. This course has been conducted by SWEDINT three times before (FS13, 14 and 15).

Photo: Stefan Nilsson

The two week course is divided in two phases. It is tailor made for Afghanistan.

The first phase is mainly lecturers from outside of the International Centre, containing different subject matter experts like cultural differences, fresh update from the mission area and conversation technique. The second phase consists of staff training and map exercise.

The students, is the staff of the 16th contingent (FS16) who will be posted in northern Afghanistan for a six month period starting in November 2008. The total number of students is sixty. The course is conducted from 27 October to 7 November.

The FS16 SOC overall purpose is to prepare nationally trained staff officers in different ranks for assignments in the Swedish Provisional Reconstruction team (SWE PRT) located in Mazar-e Sharif.