Coalition Military Assistance Training Team

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The Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT) was a section of the Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq (MNSTC-I) that was responsible for organizing, training and equipping of the Iraqi Army. Initially it was part of the Coalition Provisional Authority for its initial year.(Wright & Reese) CMATT had plans to stand up nine infantry brigades in three divisions, a coastal defense force, and lay the framework of an aviation arm of the military.

Among CMATT's goals were developing a force that was:

  • under political control,
  • accountable to the nation, and
  • defensive in capability

Additionally, CMATT advisors developed and stood up a number of military "school houses" dedicated to Infantry, logistics, administration, medical services, signal, and military police.


It has now since been dissolved and has passed on the responsibility of training the reformed Iraqi Army to the MNSTC-I; the initial aim for the New Iraqi Army, of developing U.S. style mechanized divisions to defend the country from invasion from its surrounding neighbors, had to change to developing the necessary security forces to protect the Iraqi population from the Iraqi insurgency.[1]

External articles[edit]

  • John Pike, "Iraqi Military Reconstruction"., 2005.
  • Wright and Reese, On Point II, p. 433-434, Combat Studies Institute Press, Ft Leavenworth, KS, 2008


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