Land Forces Non-Commissioned Officers School in Poznan has concluded its one month course for 30 sergeants and ensigns of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on 6th November. Within the framework of the training activities which lasted for one month, sergeants and ensigns, responsible for carrying out training courses for the non-commissioned officers, got acquainted with the training system that is being used by the host school.
The course length was 120 hours. It was divided into a general part, related to the regulations, organization and leadership issues, and specialized classes, during which the Ukrainian non-commissioned officers got acquainted with tactics, terrain knowledge, MEDEVAC operations and shooting. At the end of the training programme, the soldiers have received completion certificates, confirming that they took part in the course, from the chief of the Professional Training Unit of the Training Inspectorate of the Polish General Command of the Armed Forces – Col. Włodzimierz Chupka.
The training constituted a part of the NATO DEEP programme (Defence Education Enhancement Programme), supporting the development of military schooling systems in states which are not a part of the NATO alliance. The aim of the programme is to professionalize the military training processes, and to integrate the learning process at the schools acting under jurisdiction of to the Ministries of Defence of the countries cooperating within the DEEP programme, so that the education carried out by the partner nations is compliant with the Western standards and requirements.
Currently, the programme involves thirteen partner nations: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Georgia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Mauritania, Moldavia, Mongolia, Serbia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Kiev began its cooperation with NATO, within the aforesaid initiative back in March 2013 – when Yanukovych was still acting as the President of Ukraine. DEEP programme is being financed by NATO.