Concluding the Council on Security and Defence in March 2017, Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR/VP), voiced the Member States' clear interest in strengthening defence cooperation. Along the same lines, when addressing the 'Building on vision, forward to action' forum on 13 December 2017, the HR/VP highlighted how important training and education are for creating a common strategic culture, as part of ongoing defence cooperation efforts.
Although education and training are Member States' (MS) responsibility, a high level of interoperability can only be achieved with the support of a transparent and critical approach to the development of military training and education programmes and systems. The Sectoral Qualifications Framework – Military Officer Profession (SQF-MILOF) is a tool conceived to support all these cooperative ambitions by offering MS a platform for cooperation and for exchanging national perspectives on the desired level of performance that military personnel should achieve through learning.
The SQF-MILOF will be fully compliant with the EQF for lifelong learning. It will provide a suitable guidance on what officers should know and be able to do, under a specified degree of responsibility and autonomy, in order to match the generic profile of a European officer.
On 8th of October 2018, the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) organised the 2nd meeting of the SQF-MILOF Working Group. Participants to the meeting discussed the approach and main lines of developing the military officer competence profile - a first step in writing the SQF-MILOF. The ESDC initiative will take into account existing projects within NATO (Interoperability Framework) and other EU agencies (e.g. European Border and Coast Guard Agency – FRONTEX).