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Danish anti-piracy effort lacks funding for praised education

The initiators behind the new maritime guard education for returned soldiers from Afghanistan are meeting next month with the Danish Minister of Employment Mette Frederiksen. The initiative and the education itself have been praised to the skies by everyone, but the project lacks funding.

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Plenty of praise and support from shipowners and countless other actors within the maritime industry has been showered upon a new Danish guard education, Veteran Cross Over, for returned soldiers from Afghanistan. The first team of 20 soldiers completed the program last year and all got jobs in the merchant navy. Furthermore, the demand for well-educated security guards will drastically increase in the coming years. Yet the initiators, consisting of former elite soldiers and others, call for financing with the purpose of establishing a permanent Danish education with high standards.

“The public authorities have been very slow to participate. We know that we can provide jobs for the soldiers, we know they want those jobs, and we know it for makes good business for the public authorities. There is no doubt about that,” says Ole Brøndum, former elite soldier and initiator of the education, to ShippingWatch.   

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