Let me first of all welcome you as a student at the NATO/Partnership Multinational Tactical Planning Course (MTPC). We are looking forward to see you in person here at the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre (SWEDINT) in Kungsängen, and I can assure you that a well prepared and devoted staff with a lot of experience will welcome you. We are going to share two weeks together at the MTPC. During this time we will prepare you for possible upcoming duties in a Peace Support Operation (PSO).
One of the most important rules for international duty is to use one common language. As you already have figured out the official language on this course will be English, both in lectures and during social events. You must be able to communicate in English both verbally and in writing. I strongly urge you to start brushing up your English, as a preparation for the course.
During the course we are going to use a scenario based on a crisis in a fictitious nation. For you as a student to get the most out of the course, I suggest you take some time to familiarize yourself with this scenario (Atlantica Handbook) before joining the course. The Atlantica Handbook is now available on the internet (SWEDINT web page).
Dress Code for the course will be Battle Dress Uniform. For the ending Course Dinner: smart casual. You will need civilian clothes for the welfare weekend.
To give you the opportunity to present your country, a “Cultural Evening” will be organised by the students on Friday 7th of September. It will be nice if you could bring a little of your national specialities (food and/or drink) and share them with your colleagues (please be so kind to avoid strong alcoholic liquid).
Once again I want to wish you welcome and hope that you will have a good learning experience and make many new friends in the international environment offered to you by the staff and students at the course. In many ways, the outcome of the course will depend on the students’ inputs and active participation so bring in your own experience and knowledge, cooperate and discuss the subjects at hand and you will gain a lot in return.
Course Director MTPC 2-2018