Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

April 19, 2010 09:47 ET

Afghan National Army Holds Third Graduation of Canadian-Sponsored Junior Officer Staff Course

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, extends congratulations to the Afghan National Army (ANA) on the graduation, last week, of 47 students from its third Junior Officer Staff Course (JOSC) in Kabul. Four Afghan National Police students graduated as part of this class. This course saw Canada and its Allied partners transition from direct instruction of students to full mentorship of the ANA, who are now currently instructing the course. The Government of Canada has committed $12 million for the construction of the facilities and construction is planned to begin this summer.

"This third graduation ceremony illustrates Canada's commitment to working with Afghan and NATO allies in building the capacity of the Afghan National Army and Police," said Minister MacKay. "This initiative is consistent with our long-term goals of helping Afghans build a stable, strong, and peaceful nation."

This third graduating class represents a key milestone for the Afghan army as they work in partnership with Canada to build a Junior Officer Command and Staff training program (JOCSC). Canada will continue to mentor and develop ANA instructors in the delivery of the fourth JOSC course beginning this spring. Part 2 of the training program is expected to grow to a steady state of 100 student courses by Fall 2010.

The Junior Officer Staff Course is the primary component of the Staff and Language Training Centre – Afghanistan project, which was announced by the Government of Canada in 2008. This is a joint initiative of Canadian Expeditionary Force Command and Canada's Military Training Cooperation Program.

For more information on the MTCP, please visit: www.forces.gc.ca/admpol/newsite/MTCPwhat-eng.html.

For more information on CEFCOM, please visit: www.comfec-cefcom.forces.gc.ca.

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