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« on: 13 March 2012, 00:00:03 »
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Netherlands and Belgium to cooperate further

Minister Hans Hillen and his Belgian counterpart Pieter De Crem have discussed further cooperation between their armed forces. They did so during a visit to the headquarters [...]

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« Reply #1 on: 13 March 2012, 01:44:59 »
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I'm curious about language--what language do people speak when operating together in such a role?  Is there an official NATO language?  Is that what they use? 
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« Reply #2 on: 13 March 2012, 13:14:48 »
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Gonna be a huge problem.
When I was on a big exercise in Belgium 2 years ago I noticed that every Belgium platoon had 2 platooncommanders or rather translators, 1 French and 1 Dutchspeaking.
French speaking soldiers refused orders from a Dutch speaker and vice versa, I dont think an offcier here will allow that.
At the moment the only cooperation I can think about is on naval and airforce, army units differ to much in training, equipment and weapons.
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« Reply #3 on: 13 March 2012, 22:03:28 »
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Gonna be a huge problem.
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At the moment the only cooperation I can think about is on naval and airforce, army units differ to much in training, equipment and weapons.

I'm curious about language--what language do people speak when operating together in such a role?  Is there an official NATO language?


Alan, that is my guess: Both armies are well versed NATO members, and if the Germans and the French mangae to get the Strasbourg Brigade going it should be a piece of cake for true NATO members to get a cooperation going, the procedures in NATO are all aligned and standardaized and English is the official language in such scenarios.

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« Reply #4 on: 13 March 2012, 22:22:34 »
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I have more confidence in the German/Dutch corps Matt.
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« Reply #5 on: 14 March 2012, 21:15:13 »
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I have more confidence in the German/Dutch corps Matt.

since Belgium has been a multi-language country for over 150 years I'm sure they discussed that problem
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