Exchange Training

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Joint Combined Exchange Trainings (JCET) are military exercises that provide training for American Special Operations Forces (SOF) in friendly foreign countries alongside the armed forces of the host nation. 

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Joint Combined Exchange Trainings (JCET) are military exercises that provide training for American Special Operations Forces (SOF) in friendly foreign countries alongside the armed forces of the host nation. Although such training has taken place since the 1970s, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 1992 authorized regional commanders and the commander of the SOCOM to pay for deploying and training American SOF teams if the primary purpose of the activity was to train U.S. personnel. Annually, the Secretary of Defense must report to Congress regarding training during the preceding Fiscal Year. Reports are to include, along with a summary of expenses, the countries in which training was conducted, the type of training conducted, the extent of participation by foreign military forces and the relationship of that training to other overseas training programs conducted by the armed forces and analysis of the unique military training benefit to SOF derived from the training activities. JCET programs have received consistent criticism due to trainings conducted alongside forces accused of gross human rights violations. 

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