PeaceKeeping Resource Hub STM

Peacekeeping Resource Hub (STM)

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Integrated Training Service
DPET/DPO, United Nations

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Specialised Training Materials - UN Military Units

STM UNMU - Special Forces Units

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.

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) 

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Special Forces Units - 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