On 10 April 2010, the European Union launched a military training mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) in order to contribute to strengthening the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the institutions of Somalia. This support is part of the EU's comprehensive engagement in Somalia, which aims to support stabilising the country and to respond to the needs of the Somali people.
Since 2010, EUTM Somalia has contributed to the training of approximately 3,600 Somali soldiers with a focus on the training of Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs), Junior Officers, specialists and trainers. Training has been provided in Uganda due to the political and security situation in Somalia, in close collaboration with the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF). EUTM Somalia has become well known and highly respected by the International Community, and has established enduring cooperation with stakeholders and key players in the region.
The European Union Training Mission is commanded by Brigadier General Gerald Aherne , who succeed Colonel Michael Beary and Colonel Ricardo Gonzalez Elul .