International Military Operations Training Centre
The PSO Centre was established in 2001 as a unit directly subordinate to the General Staff. Apart from training, it was responsible for selection, preparation, equipping and monitoring of PSO participants.
After the reorganization of the CAF in 2007, the above mentioned responsibilities were transferred directly to the CAF General Staff.
After the increased cooperation with NATO and participation in multi-national operations, gaining experience and developing functional interoperability, PSO Centre changed its name on 1st November 2007 into International Military Operations Training Centre (IMOTC).
Based on the fact that the Croatian Army, as the basic Armed Forces service, provides forces for international military operations, IMOTC has become a part of the Croatian Army organic system in order to respond to its new tasks as readily as possible.
In support of the Long-Term Development Plan (2006-2015) of the Croatian Armed Forces, we have developed a new concept of IMO training in order to provide a systematic approach to IMO training. The aim of such a concept is, based on the experience and lessons learned, to provide a clear and systematic approach to IMO training and to improve training by standardization, development of progressive and sequential training and lessons learned system.
All courses at IMOTC are conducted in accordance with UN, NATO and EU standards/moduls. Courses and training are conducted in English. IMOTC has developed and successfully conducted eight courses so far. Three of them are declared to EAPWP and we declared another two for the year 2008.
IMOTC mission is to educate and train selected CAF personnel, other Croatian government bodies and foreign participants and provide assistance and support to units in conducting training and evaluation in accordance with internationally acceptable standards in order to prepare their participation in international military and other operations.
MISSION ESSENTIAL TASK LIST (METL)
IMOTC accomplishes its mission through the following tasks:
- make training plans and programs for PSOs
- incorporate the accepted doctrine of NATO ground forces (ATP-3.2) into training plans and programs
- apply NATO, UN and EU training standards
- conduct training in English
- collect lessons learned in order to make a database and send them to other CAF organic units
- participate in the evaluation of readiness of units for IMO and train their evaluators
- conduct functional training of IMOTC members and training for future tasks
- develop the project "Distance Learning" through IMOTC website
- enhance international military cooperation with the aim to collect experience, up-to-date training and exchange instructors
When the first UN military observer team was sent to UNAMSIL in Sierra Leone in 1999, and after the engagement in other international activities, there was a need to establish national training centre of CAF members for participation in IMO. Based on the order of the CAF Chief of General Staff, IMOC was established on 1 March 2001. The first IMOC Commander was Colonel Ivan Beneta who was responsible for organization.
During the first two years, IMOC was focused on preparation and training of teams and individuals for UN peace missions or international military exercises abroad. Apart from the observer training, IMOC participated in training units for international operations.
The first Basic Military Observer Course (UNMOC-1) was conducted in March 2003. Some other courses like "Command Information Systems in PSO (CISPSOC) and Radio Communications in IMO (RADCOMC) were conducted the same year. In October 2003, Navy Captain Ivan Anic became the IMOC Commander.
In March 2004, as a result of the effort made by our military adviser at UN-DPKO, Colonel Ivan Kinder, and all IMOC members, the first international officers were trained at IMOC which was officially verified by UN as one of the three such centres in the world. CIMICC and LOGC were developed and conducted in 2004. In June 2005, Colonel Vladimir Mikac became the IMOC Commander.
Apart from training, IMOC was responsible for selection, preparation, equipping and observing IMO. Due to the restructuring of CAF in 2007, the above mentioned responsibilities were passed directly to CAF General Staff and, on 1 November 2007, IMOC was reorganized and its name was changed into IMOTC. Taking into consideration the fact that the Croatian Army, as the basic CAF service, provides forces for IMO, IMOTC is now a part of the organic system of the Croatian Army and has developed a completely new concept of training for IMO, i.e. concept of progressive and sequential training.
In accordance with the new concept, we have divided IMO training into individual basic training for IMO, training of functional areas for IMO, pre-deployment training for UN missions and unit training support.
During the time period of 1st December 2007 to 31st January 2010, the duty of IMOTC commander was performed by Colonel Tomislav Pavi?i?. .
On 1st August 2010, Col Drazen Bartolac became IMOTC Commander.
Some of the most important IMOTC achievements during the last seven years can be proved by the following facts:
- all courses are conducted in English
- we have developed eight courses in accordance with UN or NATO/PfP standards
- we conduct pre-deployment training for 13 peace missions with CAF participants
- more than 1000 members of CAF and partner states have been qualified to participate in IMO
- nine IMOTC instructors have a UN instructor licence
- we have developed efficient cooperation and exchange of instructors with other PSO centres in the world
Development plan of the CAF, as well as future membership of the Republic of Croatia in Euro-Atlantic integrations, have contributed to more significant role of IMOTC in training activities for participation in IMO.
Lieutenant Colonel Ivica Plejić (born in Đakovo in 1971) assumed the duty of IMOTC Commander on 1st September, 2012, after spending four years in Bruxelles where he was the head of office of the Croatian Military Representative to NATO and the EU, as well as Army staff officer.
He joined CAF in August 1991 and performed several command and staff duties. He was a member of 122nd Brigade and 3rd Guards Brigade, where he spent almost the entire Croatian Homeland War. Then, he was appointed to duties at Guards Training Centre, 50th NBC Battalion, Ministry of Defence (M-2), CAF Personnel Department (J-1) and Croatian Military Academy before his assignment in Bruxelles.
He gained international military experience in Sierra Leone as a military observer in the second Croatian contingent (2000/2001), and in RACVIAC as the leader of courses and liaison officer for Southeastern European countries.
He graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy in Osijek (a professor of Croatian language and literature). As a UK Chewening scholarship winner, he went to London Kings College and London School of Economics and Political Science (Predoctoral Research Fellow, 2003-2005) on separate occasions in order to do scientific researches. Besides, he spent one semester at the British Parliament National Security Committee as an academy probationer (UK Hansard Society protege). On two occasions, he spent one month at the UK Defence Academy Shrivenham.
Furthermore, he participated at several military and civil courses in the country and abroad, including ‘’Leaders for the 21st Century Course’’ at George C. Marshall Centre in Garmisch Partenkirchen (Germany) and ‘‘New Issues in Security Course’‘ at GCSP in Geneva (Switzerland). Apart from numerous shorter specialized courses dealing with international security and peace-keeping operations (‘‘Peacekeeping Mediation Course’‘at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland was the last one), he finished several military and language schools at the Croatian Military Academy and abroad.
He was awarded several decorations and medals of the Republic of Croatia, and the UN medal for UNAMSIL participation. He was repeatedly commended and awarded by the 3rd Guards Brigade Commander, the Croatian Military Academy Commander, up to the level of the CAF Chief of General Staff. He is a member of some domestic and international professional associations, including British ARAG and ‘‘Matica hrvatska’‘, as well as alumni organizations where he studied and attended courses. He wrote several books, professional articles and travel pieces published at home and abroad.
IMOTC is located at the barracks "Vitez Damir Martic" in Rakitje, 10 kms west from Zagreb.
Accommodation and working facilities at the barracks "Vitez Damir Martic" are of a high level and provide a high-quality conduct of all types of training for the needs of international military operations (seminars, courses, conferences, etc.).
- Two multi-media classrooms
- Conference room
- A big conference room with 120 seats, also with multi-media equipment
Hotel "Rakitje" provides a very comfortable and qualitative accommodation for 30 persons. Single and/or double rooms are available, as well as two suites.
The restaurant has the capacity for 200 persons. It offers two menus, the possibility of meals a la carte and organizing parties.
Officer Club "Barbara"
The club is a very nice and pleasant place for organizing various kinds of events.
Training participants can use:
- Fitness room - free of charge
- Sports ground for basketball, football and bowling
IMOTC has developed and conducted a successful cooperation with other PfP and PSO centres all over the world in the field of exchanging instructors, experience and lessons learned. As regards the exchange of instructors and lessons learned, we have developed cooperation with PSO centres of Greece, Austria, Finland, and especially with PSOTC in Sarajevo, BiH. We are gradually developing efficient cooperation with other UN/NATO/EU institutions.
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