UN Military Experts on Mission Course with a majority of female officers starts at FINCENT
Last year, the United Nations called on Member States for support in providing more Military Observer training courses for female officers in order to increase the number of women involved in peace support. As the first UN peacekeeping training centre in the world, FINCENT is in the forefront in organising a UN Military Experts on Mission Course with a majority of female officers.
The UN Military Experts on Mission Course (UNMEM) has 47 participants from 21 different nations, 27 of which are female officers mostly from African countries. The rest of the students come from the Nordic countries and Europe, Bhutan, El Salvador, South Korea and Saudi-Arabia.
The UNMEM course started at FINCENT in Helsinki on 14 August. The objective of the 3-week UNMEM course is to train military officers who will later be serving in UN peacekeeping operations as military observers, military liaison officers and military advisers.
The United Nations Military Experts on Mission Course is based on a simulation of a real field mission with students arriving at the mission Headquarters for in-checking and induction training during the first course week. During the second course week the students deploy to sectors/team sites for continued induction training for newcomers.
Finally, during the third course week, the students are deployed as military observers, military liaison officers and military advisers to their respective areas of responsibility, conducting various tasks in the final field exercise, where their newly acquired skills are tested and evaluated.
UNMEM courses organized by FINCENT are a part of Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO). The training is provided by FINCENT’s NORDEFCO instructor pool comprising of officers from Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.