8. – 15. 11 2013

The journey to Brno main railway station passed by smootly and without problems. Even I found a place at the parking lot which is usually overcrowded. I had enough time before the train arrival. Glancing at the timetable to get info about platform the train from Wienna pull in , fluently, without haste I was proceeding to platform Nr 4 where I  was going to snatch up two students I came for. Oddly enough the train had arrived a little bit sooner and all passengers scattered up at the spavious lounges of the railway station. Running back to arrival-departude lounge in stampede, I sticked a ‘‘ NATO Course Vyskov‘‘ tag on my breast so that it would be clearly visible to passerby who I am searching for. Having made a few calls to my chief and waiting on another hour at the station, finally, I was addressed by two English speaking chaps. And suddenly everything was all right.

Roughly the same beginning is at every course to NATO civilian staff, expect the loss of the students. Someome from our section goes to Prague airport to catch students, another one sets out to Brno for a few participants who travel via Austria and then we all meet at Training Command-Military Academy, building Nr 3 to push the students through an inicial briefing and in-processing which comprises of issuing esential kit of working overalls, protective CBRN stuff, backpacks, sleping bags, hlemets, bulletproof jaskets, the first aid kit. Consequently, the student are ready to spurt to the training field.

No, it is not so easy and fast. All students of Pre-deployment Course for NATO Civilian Personnel have to go over the theoretical preparation which involves modul, such as

current NATO operations, force protection, special psychologial aspects, gender perspectives and cultural awareness, topography and map reading, radio communication, survival skills and knowledge, mine and EID awareness, CBRN and medical training. For the first four days the students are sitting at classrooms and soaking up the information from above mentioned subjects. Just then they set out for the exercise in military training field Brezina.

Two-day field training was launched at the ‘‘Flame Obstacle Course.‘‘ The students reviewed the rudiments of firefighting and fire safety precautions. However, the substantive section of the lesson focused on hands-on exploitation of various type of fire extinguishers. Having been succesfully „requalified“ to firefighters, the students went on, split up into two groups, to carry incoming tasks out. There was an EID attack prepared against the students, a traffic incident involving injured people thus providing them with the first medical aid. Throughout the first day in the field the students had to communicate with their command and control element via transmitters that standed for knowing and using radio communication rules and system used in NATO-led operations. The students also made sure that the inforamtion given them at the lesson of topography have their hands-on using.

The course participants went through typical military situation, though they had to show their human feelings and diplomatic skills at a neogiation with an Afghan village leader.

At the end of demanding day the participants ended up at FOB – Log cabin camp where they were involved at camp entry simulation. They gained awareness about vehicles and personnel check-up procedures, information about camp life and the rules of behaviour inside base. They were also instructed about behaviour during a rocket or a mortar attack or fire outbreak. During the night the group was attacked and forced to move to a shelter. The studenst came across to a soldier who was injured into uper part of arm and they had to provide her with the first medical care.

Leaving the sleepless night behind, the whole group was trasported to the „Flame Obstacle Course“ area where they went through buildings threatened by fire. Proceeding to next adventure, the students were ambushed and captured. The lesson of captivity comprised of physical also psychological pressure and result in a psychological clarification of behaviour in captivity and dealing with stress and pains under pressure. Another part showed a demonstation of hostage liberation. Then the final marsh of liberated students led them to armoured vehicles which brought them to freedom but mainly to the end of the field training and gradually to the end of whole course.

Since 2007 the Pre-deployment course for NATO civilian personnel graduation was hold in Slavkov-Austerlitz chateau. In 2013 we have moved the solemn moments to Vyskov’s townhall. The students got their course certificates from Training Command-Military Academy deputy commander colonel Rudolf Honzak and memorial coins from Special Courses Development Section chief major Pavel Sebesta.


Since 2007 Special Courses Development Section have organized 32 iterations of Pre-deployment Courses and provided training to 924 participants from various NATO agencies from different parts of the world. Till 2012 five course iterations per year were organized with the capacity of 40 personnel, the capacity that was reached up scarcely. That is why four iteration were organized in 2013 with hope that reduced number of the courses ensure higher number of students. The reality is different dispite the pre-deployment courses in Vyskov are highly appreciated by students and in their comparison to similar type of courses hold in Geilenkirchenm, in Germany, higher rates speak for Vyskov.

Also from point of administrative staff and as to us – instructors, subsequent reduction of the courses woul be a great pity because participating in an international course brings a signifiant opportunity to convey and spread farther skills and experience of ACR members on international stage. Regardles the fact that speaks for priceless oportunity to improve communication skills in foreign langure, incrase English vocabulary and the last but surely not least to strenghten an individual selfconfidence in communication and perfoming in foreign language in front of a bunch of foreigners.