Professional Military Education Exchanges

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Professional Military Exchanges (PME) is a component of the International Military Education Training (IMET) that aims to prepare military officers for leadership roles.

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Professional Military Exchanges (PME) is a component of the International Military Education Training (IMET) that aims to prepare military officers for leadership roles. The exchanges are granted under the authority of Section 2347 of the Foreign Assistance Act, and candidates are generally those likely to reach positions of influence or prominence, particularly senior-level officers. Training is conducted at one of the numerous U.S. military schools. PME is generally costlier than other types of IMET training.  While PME students accounted for approximately a quater of all IMET students for FY 2010, for example, PME students represented nearly half of IMET program costs for the fiscal year. According to the Defense Department, human rights content is integrated broadly into PME curriculum, though is generally is not a standalone course. Broadly, PME exchanges are designed to improve relations and increase understanding between the United States and foreign countries; to improve the ability of participating foreign countries to utilize their resources; and to increase the awareness of nationals of foreign countries participating in such activities of basic issues involving internationally recognized human rights.

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