On Monday 26 May 17 students from six different nations began studying at the Multinational Tactical Junior Staff Officer Course (MTJSOC) at SWEDINT. The course is the only one for this year and is conducted under the umbrella of NORDEFCO.

Students came this time from Azerbaidžan, Finland, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Norway and Sweden with ranks varying from sergeant to major. They are divided in three syndicates. The syndicate leaders are from Denmark, Finland and Norway.
The aim of the course is to give the students a working knowledge of the NATO staff working procedures in order to function as an operational staff officer at a battalion level HQ in a Peace Support Operation. The main effort during the course will be focused on understanding current NATO policy and doctrine for PSO, practice NATO operational planning process (OPP) including development of orders and plans. Co-operation between a military staff and different civilian components (GOs, NGOs), together with the various parties involved in a conflict will be also exercised.
The course consists lectures, syndicate works, case studies and map exercise. The length of the course is three weeks. The final Command Post Exercise where the students are manning the different branches in a Nordic Battalion Headquarters is conducted during the last week.
Next time MTJSOC is planned to be conducted in 25 May- 12 Jun 2015.

Maj Anssi Yrjölä (FIN-Army)