Military English Course

Nine students join the “new” Staff Officer’s Military English Course.

Nine students join the “new” Staff Officer’s Military English Course. Photo: Christine Kurzeja/Försvarsmakten

The students work for the Swedish Armed Forces in various positions and have differing backgrounds, but they have one common goal; to learn more English in a military perspective. The purpose of the course is to prepare individual, nationally trained, staff officers from UN/NATO/PfP/EU/AU countries for assignments in a headquarters in a Peace Support Operation or as a participant in multinational Command Post Exercises.

For example, the ME course will have a focus on strategic directives and guiding documents, headquarters organisation and the tasks of the different branches, principles of Peace Support Operations or Stability Operations, abbreviations and acronyms related to headquarters and staff processes and much more.

Two of the instructors, Lt Jim Hartley RN and Mr. James Gilmour come from the Defence School of Languages in Beaconsfield, England. Their long experience of the training and education of foreign students, in English, at various levels is a benefit both for the students and Swedint. The third instructor is the Swedish Captain Hanna Jungwallius who has long experience in teaching English to personnel in the Swedish Armed Forces.

These two weeks will definitely be very intensive with a steep learning curve, but hopefully also an excellent opportunity to taste the world of multinational linguistics.

Capt. Bo-Ivan Robertsson
Course Director ME-1 2010