Over 60 Romanian gendarmes will be detached to Afghanistan for a six-month period, to take part in the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan (NTMA), according to Mediafax. The gendarmes will fly to Afghanistan on Sunday, according to the Interior Ministry’s Operational Management General Department head Adrian Romanica. This is the first time the Romanian gendarmerie takes part in such a mission. A contingent of six gendarmes is already in Afghanistan.
The deployment came after the country’s Supreme Defence Council decided on March 22 that Romania will join the NTMA with 23 officers and 43 non-commissioned officers of the Gendarmerie. The mission consists mainly of training the future Afghan police force.
The selected troops come from all Gendarmerie units and had to pass various specialty tests, medical examinations and English language tests. The gendarmes will not take part in any defence missions.