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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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...)

SMCP 2015

SMPC in Georgia

Strategic Military Partner Conference in Georgia

From 8-10 June 2015 NATO Allied Command Transformation, led by Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Jean-Paul Paloméros, FRA AF, held a three-day Strategic Military Partner Conference (SMPC) in Tbilisi, Georgia. SMPC is a core event within SACT’s Strategic Engagement Campaign and gives ACT a chance to exchange ideas regarding transformation with the Chiefs of Defence and subject matter experts from NATO and partner nations from around the globe. (read more...)

Environmental Protection Requirements for NATO-led Operations

Environmental Protection

Reducing our environmental footprint

From 22-26 June 2015, 19 students from 13 nations were trained on Environmental Protection Requirements for NATO-led Operations, at NATO School Oberammergau (NSO). After the one-week course, some of the students will apply their knowledge as an Environmental Protection Officer on an operational mission. Led by LTC Lloyd Chubbs, CAN A, SHAPE Staff Officer Environmental Management and Cdt Johan Laire, BEL A, Staff Department Operations and Training in Brussels, Environmental Adviser, students were taught the broad field of Environmental Protection as well as the finer details that count on a mission. (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...)