01 Feb A BLEND OF LECTURES AND PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS
The training on Civil-Military Action (CMA) for the G5-Sahel JF took place 21 – 25 January 2020. It was conducted in the Sahelian Security College (CSS) and delivered to fourteen highly motivated students. The instructors came from the EUTM in the guise of the G5S Chief ably supported by G5S JF Liaison Officer. However, the course benefitted from guest lecturers from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the head of the CIMIC detachment of the French Operation BARKHANE.
The training itself was a blend of lectures and practical workshops. The many topics covered by lecture included CMA doctrine, Human Environment of Operations (HEO), and the importance of a positive presence, posture and profile. It also explored the protection of civilians, armed conflict and children, CMA methods of delivery and interview technique. The practical workshops saw the students participate in the art of negotiation, project management and area assessment.
This short but intense course ended with a well-deserved graduation ceremony with the Guest of Honour, the Deputy of the EUTM Mali ATF, presenting the Course Certificates to the students.