EVENTS In Retrospect Life at JFTC 36 • Transformation Through Training • Issue No: 11 • November 2018 Open Days for Schools at JFTC Every year the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) organizes two Open Days for Schools – events during which students of local schools can explore JFTC and meet with its members, officers, non-commissioned officers and civilians, to learn more about the Alliance and its training centre based in Bydgoszcz. The second 2017 Open Day for Schools took place on 24 November. JFTC hosted more than 50 visitors from Primary School No. 60 and Sokrates International School. The JFTC’s young guests received a huge portion of information about historical background of the Alliance, its values, member states as well as JFTC mission, activities and structure. After the theoretical presentation, seven members of different JFTC divisions and offices representing 5 nations joined the students in an open and very vivid discussion. They answered questions concerning their experience from allied missions, various aspects of work at JFTC, number of women serving in NATO structures and also eating habits. The questions and answers session was followed by a short walk through the centre’s compound. The first 2018 event of this type was held on 14 May. This time, the centre prepared two sessions – one for students from Casimir the Great University and Sokrates High School; the other for members of Primary School No 60. Again, the guests had a chance to deep-dive into Alliance’s history, its principle values and current operations. They also learned more about JFTC’s mission and activities. Additionally, the older group received a briefing combined with a demonstration of simulation tools that are used in support of NATO training in Bydgoszcz. At the end of every session, a question and answer round was arranged. The students met with JFTC members - officers and civilians representing six different nations – who engaged with the guests in very vivid and interesting discussions. They talked about various aspects of work for NATO, soldiers’ experience from allied missions and possible ways of joining NATO institutions. Several future workshops will further these tools’ effectiveness as well as develop the exercise constructs to employ these capabilities. To be truly efficient in training response to cyber threats, this part of NATO exercises will progress in a “crawl, walk, run” fashion. This will allow training audiences to step their way from smaller “table top” type tests to complex multi-tier exercises in which operating in cyberspace will be commonplace. To fully integrate cyber into training, exercise planners must understand the types of threats the training audience would face in a day-to-day situation and then develop injects that will utilize those methods during the exercise. As complex as it may turn out while working with multiple nations, this will ultimately provide realistic aspects to an otherwise artificial exercise environment.