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Joint Combined Exchange Training

Definition/Scope: (JP 3-05) The Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) is a joint exercise program utilized extensively by SOF. The JCET is a means by which SOF maintain their combat readiness and at the same time participate in theater security cooperation strategy. The JCET program began in 1992 and is a series of joint and combined SOF deployments for bi-lateral training conducted in the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) area of responsibility. The Commander Special Operations Command, Pacific (COMSOCPAC) serves as the executive agent for the program. JCET events cover a wide range of activity. The primary focus of the program is to improve unit and individual combat readiness of United States SOF as well as friendly Asia-Pacific armed forces and to enhance bilateral relations and interoperability with regional nations through improved military-to-military contacts. Though the primary focus is combat readiness, the JCET program directly supports regional stability throughout the theater. Training typically focuses on humanitarian assistance operations, disaster assistance/relief operations, civic assistance projects, and foreign internal defense. These projects allow constructive interaction among Asia-Pacific military and civilians and U.S. SOF. JCET programs are one of the most commonly employed programs by U.S. embassies in the Pacific to assist the host country’s armed forces. The JCET program is considered particularly useful since its personnel possess the needed combination of military, linguistic, cultural and technical skills. Equally valuable are the detailed training packages and the quality of training provided. In future multilateral operations, SOF will likely remain the common element uniting the various host nation military participants and combined counterparts.



Broader Terms:

3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Humanitarian Assistance
Peacetime military engagement

Narrower Terms:

foreign force training
foreign security training

Related Terms:

special forces

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