United Nations Military Expert on Mission (UNMEM)

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Training overview

For members selected for deployment on a United Nations mission, the United Nations Core Pre-deployment Training Materials (CPTM) is a requirement and Canadian Armed Forces members can complete this training on the Defence Learning Network (DLN) at home or in the office.

Internet:  https://dln-rad.forces.gc.ca/login

DWAN:  http://dln-rad.mil.ca

For members of other nations, CPTM will still have to be completed, the reading package is available on the Library here by searching for CPTM and the test can be accessed by emailing: jeffery.teeple@forces.gc.ca


The United Nations Military Expert on Mission (UNMEM, formerly PSOC) course, is UN Certified and is a pre-requisite for deployment for Canadian personnel on UN missions around the globe, categorized as either UN Military Observers (UNMO), Military Liaison Officers (MLO) or UN Military Advisors (MILAD).  The course is run three times a year at our facilities in Kingston, ON.  The aim of this course is designed to enable candidates to perform the duties of an UNMEM within a UN Multi-dimensional peacekeeping force.   The cutting-edge training we provide our students has enabled PSTC to become a world-recognized leader in Peacekeeping Training.  We leverage our unique position to form partnerships with like-minded facilities around the world to develop instructor and student exchanges in order to ensure that we have access to the most contemporary policies, procedures and best-practices with regard to the training related to Peacekeeping Operations.  

Aim:  The course is designed to enable personnel from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and other countries to perform the duties of a UNMEM United Nations Military Observer within a UN Multi-Dimensional Peacekeeping Operation.

UMEM content is based on the UN requirement for Military Observers. The course consists of the following:

PO 100 – UNMEM Core Roles to include: 

Observe the mission area, react to human rights violations, recognize weapons vehicles and aircraft, monitor parties involved in the conflict and violations of the mission mandate, perform disarmament demobilization and reintegration activities, handle non service weapons, report observations obtained from the mission area, communicate using UN voice and radio procedures, prepare written reports at the tactical level, conduct briefings and analyze information. 

PO 200 – UNMEM Routine Operations to include: 

Conduct mobile operations, conduct patrols, navigate by land, maintain mobility with a manual transmission 4X4 vehicle, maintain mobility by conducting vehicle maintenance and self-recovery, conduct formal and informal negotiations and use a language assistant, conduct inspections, conduct investigations, conduct crater analysis, employ Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) and International Humanitarian Law, establish military liaison, communicate with the media, interact with the local national population, NGOs, IGOs and UN Peace Partners and assist mission partners (UN agencies, NGO, IGO, CIMIC).  

PO 300 – Operate in a UN Environment to include:

Determine personal threats and operational vulnerabilities in a UN Multi-Dimensional Peacekeeping Operation, employ Explosive Threat Hazard Awareness and Recognition (ETHAR) Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) in a mined environment, operate in a UN Multi-National Peacekeeping Environment, direct a UN Multi-National Peacekeeping team, manage team resources, organise a team, comprehend the organisational structure of a UN Multi-National Peacekeeping operation and mandate, interact with UN administration and comprehend the Office of Mission Support, recall UN history organization roles and mission.

PO 400 – Employ Force Protection Measures to include:

Employ personal and team force protection measure and survival strategies, perform combat first aid and Casualty Evacuation, employ preventative measure to avoid hostage/hijack situations, employ survival skills to avoid hostage/hijack situations, employ conduct after capture TTPs, employ escape and evasion skills, maintain health and hygiene by identifying the most prevalent threats in your mission area, react to health and hygiene by identifying symptoms in self, react to health and hygiene by using mission medical kit and applying self-first aid, identify signs and symptoms of sick and diseased livestock or game, store food and water in order to avoid contamination, cook food in a deployed environment and cope with critical incident and combat stress in self and others.

Pre-requisites and Eligibility

This qualification is specific to members deploying on a UN mission and is limited to Officers and selected senior Non-Commissioned Members (NCM) of any occupation (Regular or Primary Reserve) as well as officers from all UN countries.

At a glance

Security Level: Mission-Dependent

Serials per year: 3

Training days:
    Residency: 20

Student Load:
    Maximum: 24
    Minumum: 12
    Optimum: 16

Upcoming Serials

19 MAY
United Nations Military Expert on Mission (UNMEM)

Ending: 19 June 2020

13 OCT
United Nations Military Expert on Mission (UNMEM)

Ending: 13 November 2020



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