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24 Sep 2018

The UNIFIER mission is extended, or how the Canadian Armed Forces assist the NGU

 

In late September a new training mission group UNIFIER was introduced at the Main Department of the National Guard of Ukraine. The group will continue assisting in the organizing of combat training for the next six months.

 

During the meeting, Colonel-General Yuriy Allerov pointed out the significant contribution of Canadian partners in the National Guard’s combat capability development. The NGU commander also stressed that thanks to the work of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) instructors, every day the National Guard becomes stronger and it is constantly approaching to military standards of the most developed countries of the world.

 

Colonel Serhiy Kapelyushnyi, the head of the military education and scientific department of the combat and special training department of the NGU, told about the results of the working of Joint Task Force-Ukraine (JTF-U) group.

 

The UNIFIER

 

Operation UNIFIER is the CAF mission to support security forces in Ukraine. It operates from April 2015. The training mission coheres its efforts with other nations through a Multinational Joint Commission. This commission includes Canada, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Lithuania and Poland. Canada sends a group of about 200 CAF members to Ukraine every six months. Since November 2017, when the process of preparation of the Technical Agreement between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and the Ministry of National Defense and CAF on military training, capacity building and support to the receiving state (the document itself was signed on May 18 this year) began. Representatives of the mission UNIFIER started their work with the National Guard of Ukraine.

 

Contents of JTF-U work in NGU

 

– During our cooperation, Canadian colleagues made a significant contribution to the development of the National Guard of Ukraine. They provide us with substantial assistance in organizing combat training of personnel. Also, it is important that they are actively helping to reform the NGU (e.g. in the creation of the professional sergeant corps, officers training, battalion headquarters), – colonel Serhiy Kapelyushnyi says.

 

First of all, the representatives of the JTF-U have visited the NGU Training Center in Zolochiv, western Ukraine. The OpUNIFIER leadership came to the conclusion that while the quality of instruction and students were excellent, the Center needed assistance in the creation of the fundamental concepts and documents same as could be typically found in a NATO-standard school: general specifications, requirements for efficiency, qualification standards, and training plans. Also the educational process ADDIE will be initiated. The name of this model is an abbreviation, revealing five key elements - analysis (define essential job performance); design (select/design a learning program to achieve QS POs); develop (prepare for instruction); implement (teaching in certain conditions, the availability of certain resources, training facilities and equipment, etc.); evaluate (in fact, the assessment of the effectiveness of the educational process).

 

The general specification dictates the selection, desired attributes, and development of a system for NCOs in the National Guard includes an NCO creed and determines the specific performance requirements for NCOs at every rank. The plan lays out the course structure, training points, references, standards, assessments, and timetable of the new Basic Leadership Course, which focuses on teaching Sergeant-candidates practical leadership skills and abilities, as well as knowledge in basic mission planning. And in the requirements for efficiency. There are briefly explained requirements for a sergeant at the various levels of his service.

NATO Basic leadership course

 

Another important step in the cooperation of the Canadian training mission with NGU was the presentation of the Qualification Standard and Plan
(QSP). In general, the QSP is the product of the analysis and design and is the primary authority governing the development, implementation, and evaluation of the NCM DP 2 Basic. According to col. Kapelyushnyi, this project is unique, as the National Guard is the first structure in Ukraine, received such a system of reformation from Canadian colleagues.

 

Thanks to this improvement of the educational process, in the nearest future the NGU Training Center will be able to prepare simultaneously 900 servicemen instead of the current 550. Specialists of the Main Department of the NGU have already drawn up an appropriate list of actions for changes that are needed for the introduction of the relevant standard. Among them: the approval of the QSP Basic leadership course, changes in the organizational structure of the Training Center, an increase of the instructors-sergeants number, the introduction of a commandant platoon etc.

 

The JTF-U group plans to provide educational literature, to conduct a separate course to the personnel of the training battalion of the Center on disciplines that are not introduced in the NGU. For example, the Troop Leading Procedures (TLP). Thus, by the end of February 2019, it is planned to finish the implementation of the QSP Basic leadership course in the National Guard.

 

– By implementing the QSP, we will be able to train our troops so that any of our NCO could easily communicate with colleagues from NATO military units, – stated colonel Sergiy Kapelyushnyi. – Also according to the project, it is introduced a systematic approach in the training of military personnel. That is, while occupying a position, our serviceman will get only the skills he needs.

 

Representatives of the UNIFIER mission also analyzed the training system at the National Academy of the NGU and proposed to create the Leadership Course for officers. Work in this direction is scheduled for next year.

 

Mobile teams for training headquarters

 

It is important that Canadian officers with a great interest took our request for assistance in setting up mobile groups for battalion headquarters training, – continues colonel Kapelyushnyi. – They have trained representatives of one of the NGU battalion before drawing them to the multinational military exercises "Rapid Trident" that had recently been held in Lviv region. And later, after redefining its plan for preparing the Ukrainian Armed Forces mobile groups, taking into account the specifics of the tasks and structure of the National Guard, the Canadian colleagues presented us the curriculum program. As a result, in mid-September, we completed the training of two mobile groups, which included representatives of the simulation department of the NGU International Training Center and teachers of the National Academy. The main task of these groups was to standardize the training of battalion headquarters, as well as officers who are trained at the operational-tactical level, before moving to NATO standards.

 

Prospects of the cooperation                

 

– The National Guard of Ukraine is grateful to the Canadian colleagues for cooperation, – concludes colonel Sergiy Kapelyushnyi. – We hope that our interaction will help to enhance the professional level of both the staff of  NGU and the CAF.

 

By mid-2020, it is planned to complete the development of all the NATO leadership training levels. According to the Technical Agreement between Ukraine and Canada, further cooperation will contain a wide range of new areas. Including the involvement of strategic advisers - representatives of the UNIFIER mission, courses on Strategic Communications (STRATCOM), leadership courses for commanders, mentoring the personnel and the organization of the NGU servicemen training abroad.

 

Olena Onyschenko