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Contingent Commanders' Course (CCC)

The aim of the Contingent Commanders' Course is to prepare potential Commanders in the roles and responsibilities of contingent commanders, battalion commanders and sector commanders in complex peacekeeping operations, both for UN Operations and other multinational operations. The Course will contribute to capacity building for JSDF. Participants will be prepared for appointments as future commanders for DPKO and other peacekeeping missions, Peace Cooperation Activities. The duration of the course will be 15 working days. The training methodology will include presentations from Subject Matter Experts (SME) in conjunction with group discussions, plenary discussions and classroom exercises. Participant rank or grade should be equivalent to Lieutenant Colonel/Commander - Colonel/Captain levels. Previous peacekeeping experience is desirable but not required.

[Note] CCC consists of two separate parts. The first week, as part 1, is designed to teach the lessons learned from specific missions, JSDF has participated in previously, to only JSDF service members, relative Ministries officials and civilian resources. Part 2, 10 working days, will be opened to foreigners and designed to educate and train based on the UN standardized materials as CPTM and STM.

About CCC

Subjects

  • History and development of international peace operations
  • UN system, organization and structure
  • International peacekeeping operations and other activities
  • Laws and regulations regarding international peace operations and activities
  • Decision-making process of troops dispatching
  • Lessons learned from past activities
  • Peacebuilding
  • Protection of civilians
  • Civil-military relations
  • Intelligence activity
  • Negotiation
  • Public relations
  • Exit strategy
  • Roles and responsibilities of commander
  • Leadership
  • Group discussion
  • Scenario-oriented exercise
  • Case study

Staff Officers' Course (SOC)

The aim of the Staff Officers' Course is to prepare current and potential staff officers in their assigned roles and responsibilities both for UN and other multinational complex peacekeeping operations. The course will promote capacity building for troop contributing countries. Participants will be prepared for their functions as staff officers in UN and other peacekeeping missions. The duration of the course is 18 working days. The training methodology is centered on presentations by Subject Matter Experts (SME) in conjunction with group discussions. The focus of group work is problem solving presented by a fictitious peacekeeping operations scenario and/or examination and analysis of self-contained problems related to various aspects of peacekeeping operations. Participant rank or grade should be equivalent to Major/Lieutenant Commander - Lieutenant Colonel/Commander. Previous peacekeeping experience is not required.

[Note] SOC consists of two separate parts. The first week, as part 1, is designed to teach the lessons learned from specific missions, JSDF has participated in previously, to only JSDF service members, relative Ministries officials and civilian resources. Part 2, 13 working days, will be opened to foreigners and designed to educate and train based on the UN standardized materials as CPTM and STM.

About SOC

Subjects

  • History and development of international peace operations
  • UN system, organization and structure
  • International peacekeeping operations and other activities
  • Laws and regulations regarding international peace operations and activities
  • Decision-making process of troop dispatching
  • Lessons learned from past activities
  • Protection of civilians
  • Civil-military relations
  • Intelligence activity
  • UN police organizations
  • Roles and responsibilities of staff officers
  • Group discussion
  • Scenario-oriented exercise

Basic course

The aim of the Basic Course is to diffuse the knowledge, skills and attributes, both academic and practical, required to participate in the UN Peacekeeping Operations and International Peace Cooperation Activities. The duration of the course will be 5 working days. The training methodology will include presentations from Subject Matter Experts (SME) in conjunction with group discussions and plenary discussions. Participant rank or grade should be equivalent to First Lieutenant/Lieutenant Junior Grade - Major/Lieutenant Commander levels. Previous peacekeeping experience is not required.

About the Basic Course

Subjects

  • Basics of UN peacekeeping operations
  • UN system - Outline of major organizations and other related actors
  • DDR and SSR
  • Protection of civilians and gender
  • Civil-military cooperation
  • Peacebuilding
  • Transition of complex mission
  • Formation and structure of CPTM
  • Action and discipline
  • Respect of diversity
  • Charter of the United Nations and laws related to international human rights
  • Laws related to international human rights
  • Structure of municipal laws and activities of Japan based on the Law Concerning the Dispatch of International Disaster Relief Teams
  • Activities based on International Peace Cooperation Law and Anti-Piracy Law
  • Decision-making process about troop detachment
  • Implementation followed by and learned lessons in past activities

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