Specialised Training Materials for United Nations Military Units

Resource Persons

For any proposal of update or improvement of this package, or any questions pertaining to the training materials, please contact the project leader

Mr. Rafael Barbieri (barbieri@un.org) or write to peacekeeping-training@un.org.

Any relevant update will be posted and explained on the Peacekeeping Resource Hub website (http://research.un.org/en/peacekeeping-community). Instructors are encouraged to check that site regularly.

Special Forces Units

The aim of this module is to familiarize participants with the:

  • Overview and concept of employment of UN Special Forces (SF) units
  • Nature of SF units
  • Examples of current peacekeeping operations with SF units
  • Characteristics of SF units
  • Differences between conventional forces and SF units
  • Flexibility and adaptability of SF task forces or groups
  • SF roles and responsibilities supporting UN Peacekeeping Operations (PKO)

Module 1 provides an overview of the conceptual framework related to the proper employment of UN SF units to support and help contribute towards a successful achievement of the Mandate. It also examines the nature, characteristics of SF and their complementarity with conventional forces.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:

  • Describe the characteristics of UN SF
  • Know the key concepts of SF employment
  • Understand the roles of different types of forces
  • Describe the principles of SF support

Instructional Materials Only for Special Forces Units

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