The U.S. Military seventh Military Coaching Command – Joint Multinational Readiness Middle (JMRC) hosted annual German Spezialeinsatzkommandos (SEK) coaching December 19-23. The SEK are police tactical models from the 16 German State Police forces. Members of this group are required to have formal police coaching and at the least 3 years of work-related expertise earlier than they apply to be part of an SEK unit. The SEK requires operatives to be bodily and mentally robust, logical, and a prepared group member. The preliminary coaching lasts 5 to eight months to cowl a variety of abilities. The SEK will then have annual follow-up coaching supposed to maintain SEK members able to dealing with themselves throughout high-stress and harmful conditions.

“It is a last take a look at of all of the ways we’ve got taught them, and Hohenfels offers choices to coach that we might by no means have anyplace else, It’s at all times good to be right here, and we actually respect that we get this chance by the U.S.” mentioned the Chief Teacher of the train.


A Spezialeinsatzkammando (SEK) trainee confronts an SEK coach appearing as a belligerent assailant throughout coaching on the Joint Multinational Readiness Middle close to Hohenfels, Germany on Dec. 20, 2022. JMRC offers a sensible setting for SEK coaching with out disturbing German residents. (U.S. Military picture by Sgt. Rebecca Name)

Spezialeinsatzkommando (SEK, “Particular Activity Pressure”) are police tactical models of every of the 16 German State Police forces. Together with the Cellular Einsatzkommando (MEK), Personenschutzkommando[1] (bodyguards), and the Verhandlungsgruppe (negotiation groups in some states), they’re a part of the police Spezialeinheiten of every state. Hostage sieges, kidnappings, and raids additionally belong to their missions in addition to different eventualities like private safety particulars for VIPs or witnesses. Because the Seventies, every SEK has dealt with a number of thousand deployments. The front-runner is the SEK of the Berlin Police with as much as 500 deployments a yr, a mean of 1.4 deployments a day.

JMRC offers a perfect setting for SEK coaching as a result of it offers trainees a real-world, city setting with out having to disturb German residents. 5 trainers and ten trainees from Northern Bavaria got here collectively to coach on hostage rescue, raid management, and operations throughout terroristic assaults. The coaching space incorporates buildings trainees with a number of factors of entry. Some rooms could also be empty whereas others have simulated threats, whether or not or not it’s a cardboard determine or a coach appearing as an assailant a trainee must subdue. In addition they be taught to coordinate group actions in an open, outdoors space as a part of a mock raid or a man-made terrorist assault. Each SEK trainees and trainers respect United States Military Garrison Bavaria’s cooperation with their coaching.

German Tactical Police Units Train at US Army Joint Multinational Readiness Center
Spezialeinsatzkommandos (SEK) trainees run by way of a simulated terrorist assault throughout SEK coaching on the Joint Multinational Readiness Middle close to Hohenfels, Germany on Dec. 20, 2022. SEK focus on riot management, hostage negotiations, rescue missions, and combating terrorism. (U.S. Military picture by Sgt. Rebecca Name)