Common Module Cadet Leardership Development Training – IG , 20 Aug – 02 Sept 2023, Cyprus
In the context of the Military Erasmus program, the Academy of Security and Defence of the Ministry of Defence, in cooperation with the Military Academy “Tereza” of Austria and with the support of the National Guard, under the auspices of the European Security and Defence College, organized for the 7th consecutive year the Leadership Development Program for students and young Officers of Military Academies in Cyprus. The purpose of this program was for each participant to develop their leadership skills through team/command management and various other tests, such as competitive rifle shooting, group endurance competition, orientation, tactical planning, a 24-hour educational exercise for Mechanized Infantry Platoons, and more. Fourteen instructors and 28 students from 13 Military Academies, representing 11 countries, including 10 European Union Member States (Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal) and Zambia, participated in the training. This activity was divided into two phases: Phase 1, from August 21 to August 25, 2023, focused on the training of those who would serve as instructors (train the trainers). This phase included, among other things, shooting with the G3A3 rifle, recognition exercises, practical teaching, and leadership assessment. Phase 2, from August 28 to September 1, 2023, involved the training of students from production schools, which included shooting with the G3A3 rifle, a group competition involving the transport of logs, recognition exercises, and the conduct of the final phase of the Mechanized Infantry Platoon-level exercise with live ammunition. This specific training had been a part of the Republic of Cyprus since 2015 and was a part of the common European semester applied by several European Military Academies, aimed at improving the interoperability of the armed forces of the European Union. Despite its small size and the absence of military schools, the Republic of Cyprus actively contributed to European education for the development of a common European Security and Defence culture. Additionally, it took a leading role in various activities of the European Security and Defence College , including the Military Erasmus initiative. On the last day, certificates were awarded to all participants who had successfully completed the training.