03 Aug EUTM Mali Mission force commander attends the military operations training in urban terrain (MOUT) at Koulikoro Training Center (KTC)
On 2 August EUTM Mali’s mission force commander (MFCdr) brigadier general Laurent attended the training exercises at Koulikoro Training Center (KTC), where platoons of the Malian Armed Forces (MaAF) were educated in military operations in urban terrain (MOUT).
MOUT is a highly demanding training. and requires a very high concentration of every squad member. Every building, room and garden shed must be checked. Before they pass on to practical training at a platoon level in urban environment, each soldier is coached by an instructor of the Education and Training Task Force (ETTF).
Platoon and section commanders must always be well forward before assaulting each objective. At the same time they have to think about the resupply chain for their soldiers, water and ammunition being used at a far higher rate than in rural operations
The MFCdr was very satisfied of the enthusiasm and motivation of these platoons