09 Mar REACTING TO IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES
EUTM Mali conducted a Basic Military Search Instructors Course for non-commissioned officers belonging to the National Guard at the Koulikoro Training Camp (KTC). The course took place between the 3rd February and 6th March 2020 and aimed to enable the trainees to impart knowledge and deliver training that consist of the tactics, techniques and procedures required to counter the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threat, through the implementation of basic military search skills.
The trainers from the Education and Training Task Force (ETTF) of EUTM Mali verified the trainees’ skills in the areas of weapons handling, individual and squad movement, reaction to enemy fire, map reading and radio communication. They also explained International Humanitarian Law (IHL) to the trainees, enabling them to incorporate it into their training and operations in the future and provided them with instruction in the areas of mine awareness and mine threat. However, the main objectives of this course were to teach the trainees how to conduct personnel and vehicle searches at checkpoints, how to react correctly if IED components are found and to develop the trainees’ leadership and pedagogy skills through classroom learning and practical sessions.
EUTM Mali continues to respond to the operational needs of the Malian Armed Forces (MaAF) through the provision of training support and training and advice on command and control, the logistics chain and human resources. Support is also given through training on International Humanitarian Law, protection of civilians and human rights.