The Baltic Defence College successfully conducted in 2019 the pilot Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course (CSELC) with 13 participants from eight countries. The course was highly appreciated by the participants and sending nations. As the continuity of the CSELC project, the nations’ being involved in the creation of CSELC course concept and those interested in the project, conducted last week the After Action Review conference at the Royal Danish Army Non-Commissioned Officers School. For this important coordination event as many as 22 high-ranking NCOs, Officers, and members of academia from 14 nations and NATO made their way to Varde.
The main objective of the conference was to summarize the planning cycle of the Pilot course, which started in May 2017 and reached its culmination with the graduation of first students of the CSELC in December 2019.
During two days, the pilot course delivery and the lessons identified were discussed in details based on the Course participants and faculty feedback. In addition, two optional courses of action for future CSELC design were wargamed. It allowed formulating recommendations for further development of the CSELC and supported the recognition of the value and quality of such the professional development opportunity for high-level NCOs.
Finally, the participants of the AAR session discussed the allocation of the seats for the next course, which will be conducted by BALTDEFCOL in autumn 2020. Fifteen Nations have already indicated their interest to send their top NCOs to Tartu to participate in the next iteration of the course.
The aim of the CSELC is to prepare Command Senior Enlisted Leaders to effectively advise, support and, enhance strategic level Leadership’s decision making to meet anticipated political and security challenges within a dynamic and complex Baltic Sea regional environment.