The ECEME marked its centennial during my year of attendance.
The Command and Staff Course (Curso de Comando e Estado-Maior (CCEM) is the primary Command and General Staff Course at the ECEME. The objective of the course is to develop and prepare combat arms (15) and ordnance officers to serve on brigade and higher staffs as well as to command.
Additionally, as described more fully below, the ECEME organizes a number of specific activities and events for the foreign officers.
Consulate and the ECEME which can be cumbersome and to acclimatize and begin looking for suitable housing.
After a nine-day mid-course vacation, the students returned to the ECEME to begin a nearly identical process to learn offensive operations.
In addition to the normal course requirements, the ECEME incorporated a number of activities specific to the foreign students.
Study Trips: Throughout year, the ECEME planned, funded, and executed a number of study trips for the foreign students.
Family Program: In addition to the study trips, the ECEME organized a series of weekend trips to various historic and tourist sites within driving distance of Rio de Janeiro.
It quickly became evident that this perspective is sorely lacking in the Brazilian military mindset, and therefore in the ECEME curriculum.
Representational Opportunities: Each foreign officer was required to make a presentation to the entire ECEME on the day of their respective national independence days.
Southern Command commander; organizing a visit and lecture at the ECEME by the United States Army South commander; and serving as a Portuguese translator for the Southern Command commander during the 1st Southern Cone Defense Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Through my attendance at the ECEME, I exponentially strengthened both my Spanish and Portuguese skills.