On Thursday, 24 February Defence Minister Tibor Benkő received, on a courtesy call, CSM Ludek Kolesa, the NATO Defence Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) coordinator responsible for NCO training. This week, the Ministry of Defence in Budapest is hosting an expert-level NATO workshop, which primarily aims at enabling the Alliance to provide a uniform and stable starting point for member and partner countries regarding its education system.
During the meeting, CSM Ludek Kolesa reported about current issues in the NCO Instructor Development Reference Curriculum under development, and said that the objective of the Budapest workshop is to work out a document based on instructorial and methodological recommendations which can help standardize the training and education system of NATO member countries and partner countries in the field of NCO training as well.
Speaking at the meeting, Tibor Benkő pointed out that “We have learned a lot of lessons since Hungary’s accession to the DEEP program back in 2013, and we intend to utilize them in the future, too, in order to strengthen the system of the Alliance.” The minister added that the Hungarian Defence Forces intend to continue their active participation in the joint work, because tackling the current security challenges around the world requires well-trained instructors, educators and NCOs who are able to respond to the challenges of our changing world. The minister of defence added that “Our experiences gained in this geographical region show that the Hungarian soldiers’ professional knowledge, their historical and cultural experience and sensitivity efficiently helps the Alliance in broadening its influence in Central Europe”.
CSM Ludek Kolesa thanked Defence Minister Tibor Benkő for his support and went on pointing out that over the last 9 years, the Hungarian Defence Forces have got ranked among the best-performing ones in the Alliance, thanks to the professional and methodological expertise of the Hungarian NCOs participating in the program.
For the Hungarian Defence Forces, the continuation of cooperation also means that the curriculum developers of the HDF NCO Academy are to receive regular updates on the novelties of NATO DEEP, which enables them to further broaden and develop the domestic training programs as well.