CCOPAB trains military personnel for UN Peace Missions
Between 31 October and 25 November, CCOPAB carried out the Military Experts on Mission Course (EPMP, acronym in Portuguese). It trains the military personnel who were assigned to UN Peacekeeping Operations to perform as Staff Officers or Military Observers.
Through theoretical instructions, procedures, simulations and field exercises, the course seeks a high level of preparation to real situations the personnel will face soon, when they are deployed to the various UN Missions. For that, the classes and lectures addressed issues which are essential to the mission, such as, CPTM (Core Pre-Deployment Training Material) and STM (Specialized Training Material). They deal with protection of human rights, protection of civilians, international law and peacekeeping, prevention of diseases, mediation and negotiation, respect for diversity, interview techniques and logistics in Peacekeeping operations. At the end, the students participated in an exercise of crisis management, which is developed in a complex scenario with interactions likely to be found in a real environment.
Among the students, there were 9 from the Brazilian Navy, 10 from the Brazilian Army, 4 from the Brazilian Air Force, 3 from the Angolan Army and 11 police officers, in a total of 37 certified military personnel. The course had instructors from the Brazilian Army, Brazilian Air Force, State Military Police of Rio de Janeiro, French Army, British Army and Chilean Army. The course (EPMP) was fully conducted in English, preparing the students to be able to communicate in a safe and efficient manner.