Thanks to the transformation process, the officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers of the Force will be better qualified
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The Army of the Future Transformation Plan focuses on creating a stronger, better organized, more educated, equipped and motivated Army to fulfill the constitutional mission.
The Multimission Heroes of the Colombian National Army have been receiving training on the transformation process of the Institution since 2011, with the aim of integrally transforming the Army into a Multimission Force, prepared to achieve peace consolidation and support the development of the country, while fighting against traditional and emerging threats.
Thanks to this transformation process, the officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers of the Force will be better trained with comprehensive knowledge and respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, to articulate their actions with other Forces, governmental actors, the private sector, agents of international cooperation and the society in general. Additionally, its mission will focus as well on the protection of the environment and the natural resources.
For the Army of the Future Transformation Plan (PETEF by its acronym in Spanish), three different moments, which will be completed by 2030, were considered. Moment 1.0 (2014 - 2018) is the stabilization stage, in which the Institution will be reorganized in order to have a stronger Army, better organized, more educated, equipped and motivated to fulfill the constitutional mission.
One of the most relevant points that will improve Colombians perception regarding security is the creation of the Support Command for Urban Operations (CAOUR by its acronym in Spanish), and the Special Urban Forces Battalions (BAFUR by its acronym in Spanish), assigned to each of the eight divisions of the National Army in order to support citizen security and articulate the Multimission Heroes with the other components of the Military Forces and the National Police.
Likewise, thanks to the operational success obtained by the Rapid Deployment Force 1 model (FUDRA by its acronym in Spanish), such organization was updated and three additional FUDRAs were created in order to be deployed throughout the country to attack the instability factors that persist in some sectors with the support of the Rapid Deployment Battalions and the Direct Action and Reconnaissance Battalions, in addition to the Terrestrial Operations Battalions (BATOT in Spanish), which will be under the command of the territorial divisions to provide greater security to the Colombian people.
One of the milestones in the evolution of the Institution, and a clear sign of the transformation towards a Multimisión Army, is the new Recruitment Law, which is designed to treat in a special way the Colombian soldiers who are about to render military service. They will have more and better benefits, including a greater bonus and better education and opportunities to return to the society.
In order to achieve all the objectives outlined in the Army of the Future Transformation Plan, it was necessary to implement the Damasco 1.0 strategy, a guide for the transformation and professionalization of the Force that leads towards a hierarchical and better trained structure.
Also, in order to promote the application of norms that generate cultural and pedagogical changes framed in ethics and transparency, the Application of Transparency Rules Directorate of the National Army (DANTE) was activated to improve the processes and procedures related to prevention, detention and elimination of threats within the missionary activity of the Force, strengthening transparency in the actions of the Multimission Heroes.
Furthermore, in coordination with the Ministry of National Defense, an important agreement was made with the Building Integrity Programme of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which contains 150 standards and transparency protocols that will be applied in each of the processes undertaken by the National Army of Colombia.
This Military Institution, focused on its transformation process, will continue working during Moment 2.0 (2018 2022), a transition period in which capacities will be strengthened by mission areas, as well as the combat power against threats of multiple nature. During Moment 3.0 (2022-2030), the multimission stage, the military corps will be consolidated and ready to attend missions related to internal order, protection of sovereignty at the borders, participation in international missions and support efforts in areas important to the global agenda, such as the environment and disaster relief.