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Before EUTM Mali temporarily suspended all training activities on April 3rd 2020, the Base Defence Instructor Course took place over three weeks at the Koulikoro Training Camp and it was attended by several trainees of the Malian Armed Forces (MaAF). The aim of the course was to provide selected MaAF Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers with the knowledge base and instructional techniques to successfully train soldiers in Base Defence.

The trainees learnt to apply uniformity in content and procedures of Base Defence Tactics, Techniques and Procedures and to identify the elements, missions, and responsibilities of a Security Force.  They also focused on how to develop Standard Operating Procedures. This was underpinned by learning instructional skills in order to allow them to instruct their fellow Soldiers on their return to unit. In the final phase of the course, in line with EUTM Mali’s guidelines, the military adopted individual protection measures to prevent COVID-19 in Mali, thus contributing to the collective security of all stakeholders without compromising the success of this training.

From April 3rd 2020, all EUTM Mali training activities have been temporarily suspended. This suspension is a necessary precaution in line with the best medical advice to ensure the safety of MaAF personnel, local Malians and EUTM Mali personnel against COVID-19. EUTM Mali keeps safety, maintains security levels, and continues to work towards preparing to resume, as soon as possible, our normal posture.