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USA Trains UPDF in Civil Military Operations

The Officers are being equipped with skills in observance of human rights of children, women, journalists and other special groups during peace support operations both within and outside the country.
UPDF's deputy chief of civil military cooperations-CIMIC, Col. Nelson Aheebwa addressing officers at the Uganda rapid deployment capability center in Jinja district.

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The United States of America (USA) through the United States Army University of Special Operations have organized a one-week training of selected UPDF officers in civil-military cooperation-CIMIC. 

The training dubbed CIMIC course level III is being conducted at the Uganda rapid deployment capability centre within Jinja district.

The Officers are being equipped with skills in observance of human rights of children, women, journalists and other special groups during peace support operations both within and outside the country.

Ken Lavoy, the American team leader says that the training is part of the capacity-building aid given to UPDF.

“This training is part of the capacity-building aid extended to UPDF, but also a learning moment where we share knowledge with different officers on better engagements with the civil population during peace support operations,” he says. 

Col. Nelson Aheebwa the Deputy Chief of CIMIC says that peace support operations cannot succeed without the support of the civilian population, and such trainings are essential as they aid officers to easily cooperate with the civil authorities in ensuring peace and information sharing during wartime and disaster management. 

Aheebwa argues that USA has traversed in their military system and can easily guide UPDF through the basic CIMIC practices which are tested and acceptable world over.

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Aheebwa further stresses that UPDF interacts more with the civilian population during their peacekeeping mission in Somalia and CIMIC courses are essential to all soldiers and officers heading for foreign missions. 

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