NATO SCHOOL Oberammergau is NATO’s premier individual training and education facility at the operational level

With courses, seminars and workshops, the NSO meets the current and emerging training needs of the Alliance and partner nations

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NSO Second Semester

Starting the Second Semester

Starting the Second Semester

After two weeks of Academic Break, the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) started the second semester on 24 August 2015, with nine different courses and more than 330 students from 36 different nations. In addition to the NSO staff, 43 guest speakers shared their experience in their field of expertise with the students. For the second semester, NSO has planned new programs, Mobile Education Training Teams, conferences and a huge variety of resident courses. "NSO is starting the second half of an incredibly productive academic year and we have enjoyed strong growth in a number of new programs", Captain Scott Butler, USA-N, Commandant of NSO. (read more...)


Joint Targeting Program

Joint Targeting Program

With full support from the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Philip M. Breedlove, the Joint Targeting Education and Training Program at the NATO School Oberammergau was officially established on 23 January 2015. Prior to this, NATO identified a critical Joint Targeting training shortfall as demonstrated during Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR and NATO Response Force (NRF) exercises. The intent of this article is to update the Alliance on what the Joint Targeting Interoperability Curriculum (JTIC) program has accomplished over its first six months and provide an outlook for the program's future. (read more...)


Iraqi Warrant Officer (OR-9) Sara Al-Sammarraie

"I learned so much"

Warrant Officer Sara Al-Sammarraie, Iraq

This was the enthusiastic response from Iraqi Warrant Officer (OR-9) Sara Al-Sammarraie when asked about her recent attendance on the NATO NCO Orientation Course (M5-33). (read more...)


Interview with Ambassador Marriët Schuurman

Interview with Ambassador Schuurman

Ambassador Marriët Schuurman is Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security (NLD CIV).

Q: The recruitment and retention of women has been steadily increasing over the past few decades. What potential do you see with the increasing percentage of women in Allied armed forces?
Ambassador Schuurman: The percentage of women in the allied forces of NATO has been increasing, but has been increasing very slowly. In the past fifteen years we went up from 7% to 10%. If we want to continue to increase that percentage we must recognize that having a gender balance improves performance and that it is of critical importance to have women in the armed forces. (read more...)

OPC in Addis Ababa

First NSO Course in Ethiopia

Comprehensive Operations Planning Course

A Comprehensive Operations Planning Course has been conducted for the first time at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 08 -12 June 2015. The five-day long pilot course was organised and conducted by a combined team from NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) and Allied Joint Force Command Naples (JFCNP). The course aimed to assist African Union (AU) Staff to the Joint & Combined level of ambition as members of a Joint Operations Planning Group in the AU Peace Support Ops Division, or Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms positions. Twenty students from the Armed Forces, the Police as well as civilians from 17 different African countries attended and completed the course successfully in Addis Ababa. (read more...)