The System of Personnel Training for Georgia's Armed Forces

Author: I.P. Ulin

Col. I.P. ULIN

Abstract. The paper looks at and analyzes the system of training military personnel, and also examines the combat training standards in the Armed Forces of Georgia.

Keywords: Georgian Armed Forces, military education, personnel training, personnel reserve, level of professionalism.

The military and political leadership of Georgia is vigorously reforming their armed forces within the framework of the comprehensive Euro-Atlantic integration policy enshrined in the Constitution and the national security concept. Primary attention in military development is paid to raising the AF standards to the NATO level, and forming a system of personnel training that would be up to Western criteria, which as official Tbilisi believes, will help improve their combat potential and ensure that Georgian troops efficiently participate in peacekeeping operations conducted under the aegis of NATO.

It should be said that the Georgian command, in the wake of the August 2008 events, have revised their attitude to military personnel training programs. Whereas previously it was chiefly assumed that the focus ought to be on the offensive, now the stress is on organizing and conducting defensive operations. The job has been given to the Defense Ministry and military education and combat training command within the General Staff of Georgia's Armed Forces that supervises the David Agmashenebeli National Defense Academy of Georgia (located in Gori), and the following training centers: Krtsanisi National Training Center, located in the town of the same name; the Armor Training Center in Akhaltsikhe; and the Sachkhere Mountaineering Training School. In order to improve efficiency in the system of military education and the operational compatibility of Georgian units and NATO forces, it was resolved to set up new departments at the Defense Academy and adopt more up-to-date curricula. There is every opportunity for establishing new international centers based at the Sachkhere Training Center in Khoni.

The Defense Academy was founded in 1993. Currently it is training and reeducating ...

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