Lieutenant Maciej Wielgosik, MSc MA, from the Military University of Technology in Poland, introduced the last block of lectures. Lt Wielgosik presented both the negative and positive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on (future) officer training. The involvement in national crisis management enabled real-world training of Polish Officer Cadets in leadership, management and cooperation with other organisations—these are of vital importance to the excellent educational outcomes for future officers.
Lieutenant Fabio Ibrahim, MA, from the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, continued with a study of the NATO education programme, specifically the critical thinking course. This study investigated whether critical thinking should be promoted through an intervention of several weeks and implemented in future military training.
The next speaker, Dr. Ülle Säälik, PhD, presented the required personality development at the Military Academy in Estonia. The training aims to promote self-awareness of the role and identity of future officers by clearly communicating and jointly developing expectations of the future role through self-assessment, analysis, reflection and support.
The event's second day concluded with a presentation by Dr. David William Mac Gillavry, PhD, from the University of Defence in the Czech Republic. Dr. Mac Gillavry argued that war crimes such as killing, hostage-taking, torture and rape of civilians and prisoners of war in military conflicts can and must be prevented through the appropriate training of leaders.