Georgia Special Force Brigade
The history of Georgian armed forces has seen a lot of efforts of establishing a sustainable system of development of special military units, which was achieved in 1999. In the Conflict Studies Centre, based in the borough Kojori, under the guidance of Turkish instructors, SOF Train and Equip Program has started. On the basis of the above said program, Special Operations School was established for the Special Operations Brigade personnel. The School intensively launched the formation and development of the Special Operations Units of GAF.
Special Operations School underwent the transformation process not a single time. In April of 2012, Special Operations Training Centre was set up for SOF personnel. The Centre incorporated 4 schools, which are capable to train and retrain military personnel in different disciplines and programs. Training courses and programs held at the Center corresponds to the international standards. The Center is staffed with highly qualified and experienced military personnel. The Instructors have gained education and additional qualification in the military schools of international standards abroad (U.S., Turkey).
Functions and Missions of Special Operations Training Centre include:
- Develop an institutional base and organizational sphere of military-training institutions;
- Coordinate and control the process of education and training in the Special Operations Training Centre;
- Train and retrain military personnel according to higher international standards;
- Develop, update and introduce the educational programs in the process of education;
- Participate in the combined trainings of GAF;
- Contribute to the buildup of GAF;
- Conduct special operations and interact with other structural units of SOF.
Special Operations Forces have been participating in peacekeeping missions (the Balkans, Persian Gulf) since 1999. One platoon of the Special Forces Brigade of the Georgian Armed Forces were deployed for the first time in Kosovo to participate in KFOR peacekeeping operation as part of the Turkish Battalion stationed in Mamusha. In 2003 one platoon of the Special Forces Brigade were sent to Iraq in 2003 to perform a peacekeeping mission. For high combat readiness and motivation, the military servicemen of the Special Forces Brigade alwayes received high appreciation from the international forces.
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