Tbilisi, Georgia (April 28, 2016) – NATO and Partner Nation defense education representatives are gathering from 25-29 April in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, to collaborate on development of professional Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Corps in Partner Nations, under the framework of the Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP).
NCO representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Serbia, and Ukraine are sharing their experiences in building an NCO Corps, discussing challenges and progress with such topics as human resources management, development of NCO Professional Military Education (PME) systems, NATO interoperability, rank structure, and retention, as well as national legislative requirements needed to fully develop a professional NCO Corps.
Partner Nation representatives are joined by DEEP subject matter experts from Canada, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Switzerland, the United States, as well as from the NATO International Staff and the NATO School, who through the framework of the DEEP program are assisting partner nations with professionalizing their NCO corps.
The gathering in Tbilisi is enabling participating partner countries to highlight their progress, address issues, and share best practices with their national efforts to build professional NCO corps, thereby serving as a valuable, collaborative forum to adjust their programs. For instance, countries are providing feedback on their integration of an NCO Professional Development Curriculum, which was developed jointly by the PfPC and NATO, and for which the DEEP program is providing implementation support.
Major General Vakhtang Kapanadze, Chief of the General Staff of Georgia, expressed his country’s gratitude for the assistance provided through the DEEP program, emphasizing that professionalization of Non-Commissioned Officers in Georgia is a high national priority.
Jointly managed by the PfPC and NATO, the DEEP program was initiated in 2007 in response to former Soviet Union states’ desires to transform their defense institutions. DEEP programs are underway in 13 countries, each program specifically tailored to a country’s needs: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Georgia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Serbia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
For more information on the DEEP program, please visit http://pfp-consortium.org/index.php/activities/defense-education-enhancement-program-deep.