NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan
New Zealand has made a military contribution to Afghanistan since 2001. Since 2013, the New Zealand Defence Force has contributed personnel to the Afghan national Army Officer Academy just outside of Kabul to mentor and support the development of Afghan National Security Forces.
The Academy is led by the United Kingdom and forms part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. In August 2017 the Government announced an increase in personnel at the Afghanistan National Army Officer Academy to eleven personnel, whilst also deploying two personnel to the Resolute Support Mission Headquarters.
The eleven personnel at the Academy provide mentoring and support designed to help train future Afghanistan military leaders, and give them the skills to enable Afghanistan to take responsibility for its own defence. This includes training in conventional warfighting skills and counter-insurgency training.
Examples of training include tactics, war studies, physical education, English language, communication skills, and Information and Communications Technology training. One of the officers based at Headquarters is responsible for overseeing planning to coordinate training activities across Afghanistan prior to their implementation. The other is a subject matter expert on training and instruction who provides advice to the head of the Resolute Support Mission’s training branch.
The mandate for the deployment of personnel to the Afghanistan National Army Officer Academy expires on 30 September 2019. The mandate for the deployment of personnel to Resolute Support Mission Headquarters expires in June 2019.
For more information on Operation Resolute Support go to: https://www.rs.nato.int/ (external link)
Copies of Cabinet papers and the associated minutes of discussion regarding the Afghanistan contribution are available on the Ministry of Defence website.