A JCET is a combined training event that allows SOF units to train with
partner nations to develop language skills and familiarity with local
geography and cultures, in addition to tactical skills.
The exchange training focused on counter-terror operations in urban
terrain, providing an opportunity to build interoperability between U.S.
and Serbian SOF, as well as a chance for the two highly trained and
elite units to share techniques, experiences, and procedures.
"We have been teaching Close Quarters Battle in a high-threat urban
environment and are using various training scenarios that the Serbian
SAJ might encounter in their real-world mission sets,” said a U.S. SOF
Aside from boosting SOF response capabilities in the Balkans, the
training also focused on various weapons drills, marksmanship skills and
integration into joint operations planning--building a valuable layer
of trust between the elite forces.
“We facilitated training at the shooting range, which included advanced
marksmanship, weapons manipulations, and shooting in high-stress
environments,” said a U.S. SOF member. “Additionally, we tasked the
Serbian SAJ with various mission scenarios, which allowed both units to
conduct joint planning, culminating in joint mission execution."
This JCET series has become a regular semi-annual training since 2016
with the Serbian SAJ and this iteration culminates in a final joint
field exercise, which will test and evaluate the skills the two units
have honed throughout the training.