UK trains English for Vietnam’s defence officers

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Đăng ký: VietNam News

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Thirty-five officers of the Vietnam People’s Army on March 23rd enjoyed the 2015 English language training program funded by the UK Ministry of Defence and provided by the British Council.

As part of a program in its fourth year, the Vietnamese officers will undertake between 6 and 9 months of training according to their entry standard of English. At the end of their training, they will have the language skills they need to undertake specialist professional military training courses provided by the UK Ministry of Defence, with those whose fluency is most developed being eligible for some of the UK’s most advanced military Command training courses for future General Officers, run at the UK’s Defence Academy in Shrivenham, UK.

Other officers are expected to be employed in future Vietnamese contingents deployed on Peacekeeping Operations, or to be prepared for future senior appointments in the Vietnamese People’s Army.

Since 2012, as many as 105 Vietnamese officers have completed the same language training.

Confirmed at the annual bilateral defence working group in Hanoi in January, and highlighting the importance of training in defence cooperation between the two sides, this year’s program seeks to significantly expand this initiative, with up to 72 officers to be trained in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city through. It is one of several strands of defence engagement which the two nations agreed to advance during 2015, which include increased training cooperation, defence industrial cooperation, and maritime cooperation.

Defence cooperation also formed a part of the fourth Vietnam-UK strategic dialogue co-chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and UK Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire this February.

This program is also a mark of the commitment of the UK to supporting Vietnam’s military modernisation./.