Somalia: CIMIC courses for the Somali Army

(To Greater Defense)

Following a specific request received by the staff of the Somali National Armed Forces (SNAF), the EUTM-S CIMIC Team has recently launched at the General Dhagabadan Training Center (GDTC), the 1st CIMIC Mission Specific Preparation Course (MSPC), dedicated to the development of the CIMIC operational function within the Army Somali.

The objectives of the course are twofold, to provide basic knowledge of CMI / CIMIC concepts thanks to specific theoretical lessons and to familiarize themselves with the concepts learned thanks to a series of practical training modules, which allow students to be able to operate profitably in those multi-domain contexts that characterize the current Somali operating environment.

The training modules developed during the course are based on an in-depth analysis of the professional profile, objectives and responsibilities of the CIMIC operator, and are conducted by providing targeted insights, adapted to the Somali operational theater, in the field of communication, mediation and negotiation, without neglecting the sharing of experiences and skills acquired over the years by CIMIC operators located in the Horn of Africa.

The common goal of EUTM-S and the SNAF is to get to train 120 highly specialized officers and non-commissioned officers able to operate, within an effective framework of civil-military cooperation, in support of the authorities and the local population , through an effective action of Engagement, Humanitarian Assistance and Relief in case of disasters.

The instructors of the Multinational CIMIC Group (MNCG) of Motta di Livenza (TV), among which Colonel Mattia Zuzzi, commander of the MNCG, contributed to the realization of the course through lessons in VTC mode.