Training directorate provides international military education

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With Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan’s recent announcement of increased Canadian Armed Forces’ participation in UN peace support operations, the Directorate of Military Training and Cooperation (DMTC) is on the front line in preparing students to undertake successful multilateral operations.

DMTC, which falls under the Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy), is responsible for organizing training programs with over 50 of Canada’s ally countries and plays a key role in Canada’s defence diplomacy strategy. With a focus on five main streams: English and French language courses, staff officer training, military professional development training, peace support operations training, and international exercise training, the diplomatic benefits of DMTC’s programs are extensive and help shape successful military officers around the world.

DMTC works closely with the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB), a pan-American committee established in 1942, to expand and reinforce Canadian defence relations. The committee which helps unify its member states by sharing technical and educational advice on various regional defence issues.

As proof of the quality instruction that DMTC provides, earlier this year the IADB recognized Dr. David C. Emelifeonwu, Senior Staff Officer for Educational Engagements at the Military Personnel Generation HQ in Kingston and 1 Wing Honorary Colonel, for his work in developing and delivering, with a multinational team of instructors, the strategic level Peace Support Operations course at the Inter-American Defense College.

In the bigger picture, what the IADB ultimately recognized was the outstanding quality of instruction carried out by Dr. Emelifeonwu on behalf as part of the DMTC.

Through these international training programs, the instructors at DMTC contributes expand and reinforces Canadian multilateral defence relations by facilitating international communication and interoperability, improving allied countries’ democratic control over their armed forces, and promoting Canadian principles abroad—such as the rule of law and protection of human rights.

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