Le 23 mars 2016, Le Conseil de l’UE a décidé de prolonger la mission d’entraînement au Mali.
L’Union européenne conduit une mission d’entrainement au Mali (Military Training Mission in Mali : EUTM Mali) pour fournir aux Forces armées maliennes (FAMA) du conseil et une formation militaire sous le contrôle des autorités civiles légitimes. L’objectif est de restaurer la capacité militaire des Maliens pour leur permettre de mener des opérations qui contribuent au rétablissement l’intégrité du territoire malien et réduisent la menace des groupes terroristes.
Le troisième mandat d’EUTM Mali débutera le 19 mai 2016 et prendra fin le 18 mai 2018.
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.
The Malian Army HQ’s Training Division announced the need for a special “Train the Trainers Course” to EUTM Mali, in order to prepare future trainers for the new recruits, entering the Malian Armed Forces in May 2016.
This course was about 164 Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers of the Malian Armed Forces participating in the training in Bamako-Faladie. Last week 110 trainees have already been trained by EUTM.
The EUTM-Mali Mortar Training Team finished its tour organising, supervising and executing the first artillery live firing exercise since 2009. It was the final evaluation of the 36th Artillery Regiment.
19.Apr.’16.- It was seven years ago when the Malian artillery performed its last live firing exercise. Today, we can say that EUTM-Mali helped the Malian Armed Forces (MaAF) to recover its artillery capability.
D-30 howitzer firing.
“Motivation and Challenge” are the words employed by the instructors to express the way to face that phase of the training. This is also the first time that EUTM-Mali has organised such an event. It can be considered as an example of the European Union’s reform efforts for the MaAF which are clearly bearing fruit.