On 15 February 2016 the soldiers of the Malian Battlegroup 8 arrived at Koulikoro Training Centre (KTC). Two infantry companies and one company of the Malian Gendarmerie, all in all 370 soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers started the twelve-week training cycle with EUTM Mali support. Simultaneously, approximately 30 future Malian instructors were trained during the fourth ‘Train the Trainers (TTT 4)’ course in Koulikoro.
The starting point
At the beginning the challenge for EUTM Mali’s instructors was to get knowledge about the skills and abilities of their new trainees. In the following, basic individual training was conducted to set up a good basis for the next practical lessons. The Malian soldiers improved their capabilities in tactical movements as well as in keeping up the connection within a squad or a platoon while carrying out patrols.