Providing support to social organisations. It is not their most important task, but the Army also lends support to social organisations. Army brigades based in Dutch provinces assess whether or not the public interest outweighs the efforts of any assistance to be rendered.
Royal Netherlands Army international work
The army often cooperates with the other Services of the Netherlands armed forces or with foreign army units during missions abroad. The foreign army units are often from European or NATO Allies.
The tasks of the army when working outside the Netherlands include:
- defending the territory of NATO Allies;
- peacekeeping or peace enforcement;
- providing humanitarian aid;
- supporting the local population and local civil organisations
The Royal Netherlands Army is composed of various units based in barracks across the Netherlands and abroad. These units protect the national borders and render support in the event of incidents and natural disasters. Their participation in missions abroad contributes to stability in the world.
The future of land operations
The Army is prepared for anything that may happen in the future: from political changes to new military operational methods. This is described in the Army document 'Deciding the battle, building security'. This document shows the planned developments in land operations up to the year 2020.
As a follow-up to the 'Defence White Paper', the document 'Vision of the Army - Security through Foresight' describes how the Army envisage its future role in the security domain and the path it will take to get there.