Military Training Cooperation Program - Activities
With an annual budget of approximately $16 million, the MTCP runs in-Canada courses, out-of-Canada courses, exercises, as well as expert team and delegation visits.
The following pillars of training are conducted in Canada and abroad:
MTCP sponsored English and French language courses as well as English Language Train-the-Trainer courses are delivered in partnership with Canadian Forces Language Schools in St. Jean and Gatineau. These courses facilitate communication and interoperability among international forces.
Professional Development and Staff Courses
These training programs contribute to the professional development of foreign armed forces and help junior and senior officers to perform the duties of key staff positions within a joint and combined coalition operational environment.
For example, the Joint Command and Staff Program (JCSP) is a graduate-level program that prepares senior officers for command and staff positions in a contemporary operating environment across the spectrum of operations. It focuses on joint, interagency, and multinational operational planning. These types of courses have a limited number of places available each year.
Peace Support Operations Training
Peace support operations training helps to improve the capacity of military and civilian participants to undertake multi-lateral peace support operations. This training gives candidates the necessary skills and knowledge to work in a multi-national peacekeeping headquarters as well as increasing the participants’ self-sufficiency.
Expert Team & Delegation Visits
These visits involve special projects designed to enhance the defence capabilities of member states in specific areas.
In addition to these training activities, the MTCP sponsors specific training and supplemental projects in locations around the world. For instance, the annual Caribbean Junior Command and Staff Course in Jamaica. The MTCP has also worked with Jamaica to generate Centres of Excellence to accommodate regional training, such as the Caribbean Military Aviation School and Caribbean Military Maritime Training Centre, which deliver formation to Canadian Armed Forces standards.
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