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Training the Trainers in Moldova

SHAPE Partnerships Senior Enlisted Leader,  Chief Warrant Officer Martin Cartier (center) met with Moldovan NCOs during a visit to the partner country,  Aug. 21 to 23,  2018. - NATO Photo by SHAPE Public Affairs Office
CHISINAU, Moldova – When Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe's (SHAPE) Partnerships Directorate visited Moldova Aug. 21 to 23, 2018 the Partnerships Senior Enlisted Leader led discussions on various Warrant Officers and Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) development programmes.

Chief Warrant Officer Martin Cartier held meetings at the National Army Ministry of Defence, the Moldovan Engineers HQ, supporting the KFOR Mission, and parts of the peacekeeping forces in the Security Zone. Cartier was able to meet with many senior enlisted personnel and discuss first hand aspects of conscription, training enhancements and personal development as well as education for NCOs. Through these programmes, military personnel can be trained by NATO staff and are then able to train and evaluate their own armed forces personnel.

"There is no doubt that there is a great appetite for Warrant Officer (WO) and NCO development amongst all ranks of the Republic of Moldova's National Army. NATO has comprehensive packages and programmes that on request from the Moldovan authorities, we can support and assist in order to help educate and train their Forces and continue the standardisation process," said Chief Warrant Officer Cartier. "As we have seen with the mine clearing teams in the Balkans who have been evaluated and certified, the Moldovan soldier is a highly capable professional." 

A key tool at the disposal of NATO is the Defence Enhancement Education Programme (DEEP). Through evaluation, this programme will identify the requirements and desired end state of the NCO Corps based on input from representatives of the Republic of Moldova's National Army. A team will then be established from DEEP staff, NATO countries, and sometimes Partner Nations, and travel to the Republic of Moldova to provide guidance in developing, delivering, and administering an individual tailored roadmap. The end state would see a well-developed NCO Corps able to interact within an interoperable environment with NATO countries and other Partner Nations that would be self-sustained through the "Train the Trainer" concept.

SHAPE's Military Partnerships have an extensive annual programme that focusses on Defence Capacity Building with our Partners in areas of mutual interest. Through enhancing interoperability NATO's Collective Defence continues to be strengthened.

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