The Military School of Parachuting certifies ‘s first ever instructors in survival, evasion, resistance and extraction

Imagine a plane is shot down in enemy territory or simply has to land in enemy territory. It may sound like a Hollywood movie to you, and it even reminds you of the Behind the Enemy Line movie. However, this is an assumption that is taken into account in NATO mission scenarios. Now imagine that the rescued person is Spanish, the aircraft in charge of the rescue is French and the rescue team is American. Conducting joint missions between different nations forced NATO to regulate standards and procedures that would facilitate coordination during the extractions.

In order to understand the techniques, tactics and procedures for survival, evasion, resistance and extraction, NATO doctrine states that SERE (survival, evasion, resistance and extraction) training is a national responsibility, with each country being the one that must provide its personnel with risks In these cases, the capacities necessary to survive and facilitate rescue through NATO personnel recovery (PR) remain isolated. For this reason, for personnel at high risk of isolation and / or exploitation, it is imperative that the advanced SERE eligibility is at the highest level (level C) prior to deployment.

The Air Force is the national representative on the board of the Military Committee for Air Standardization, where all NATO doctrines on SERE matters are drawn up, promulgated and ratified. The military parachute school ‘Mndez Parada’ was designated as a reference military training center in the SERE area in July last year, alongside parachuting and JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller). On January 29th, I finished my first course in survival, evasion, resistance, and extraction teachers.

All of this brings with it a great responsibility for the SERE instructors, who from this day already receive formal accreditation in the form of a qualification after having completed training in military training. In this course, the teachings are aimed at ensuring that the instructor is able to teach and oversee all subjects aimed at improving survivability against environmental and threats on land and at sea. Additionally, the instructor must be a specialist in at least one of the following survival environments: mountain, jungle, desert, ocean, arctic, and urban.

The course was attended by 30 students from the ‘Mndez Parada’ Military Parachute School and the Parachute Sapper Squad who met the demanding requirements to be a SERE Instructor. The course, in turn, coincided with the first SERE Level C Aptitude course of 2021, with the students participating in it being essential to facilitate the implementation of the practices and assessment of the SERE instructors.

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