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Small Arms Light Weapons (SALW) and Mine Action (MA) Course

Conducted by COSEC


To provide NATO Alliance members and partners with education and training on the political, and practical issues that will be encountered when dealing with SALW, their ammunition, and mine action/unexploded ordnance.


Duration: 1 Week
Course Structure: Resident (1)
Language: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Unclassified
Discipline: WMD - Weapons of Mass Destruction / CBRN Defence
Area: AC - Arms Control
Depth of Knowledge: 2 - Intermediate
ePrime No.: ACT.398
ETOC Code: WMD-AC-21398

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
M3-116-A-24 10 - 14 Jun 24 Contact POC

If you wish to join a resident course you may have your agency POC send a seat request. Please click on the POC Finder to obtain the contact information of your agency POC.

ADL courses can be accessed without the need for enrolment but students are required to register through the JADL portal using a military/government email address otherwise they will not be accepted.

Learning Objectives

The Threat to Peace and Security: Given references, students will recall the terminology and the threat to peace and security posed by uncontrolled and illicit SALW, stockpiling of Conventional Ammunition (CA), and usage of MANPADS.

Preventing the Threat of SALW & MA: Given references, students will summarize the various multilateral and international organizations dealing with SALW & MA (including their role and limitations) as well as different agreements and provisions to prevent the threat of SALW & MA.

Preventing Transfer: Given references, students will explain the importance of marking / tracing to avoid illegal transfer of SALW and summarise the importance of export licenses as well as end user certification / verification.

Stockpiling Ammunition: Given references, students will summarise the principles, challenges and risks in stockpiling of ammunition as well as the challenges in implementing ammunition destruction and stockpile elimination programs.

Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration: Given references, students will explain the process and instruments of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) as a peacebuilding strategy and the importance of DDR as part of a comprehensive approach.

International Framework for Mine Action: Given refrences, students will generalise the international framework for mine action and summarize the five pillars of mine action including international standards and information exchange.

NATO's Approach to SALW & MA: Given references, students estimate the ongoing development including NATO’s approach to SALW & MA and explain the existing challenges for the future contribution of SALW & MA to a comprehensive peace-building process.

Course Participants

This course is suited for those working on SALW and/or mine action issues in nations, Ios, and ROs – particularly those that are relatively new to the subject or who need to enhance their overall understanding. The course would be particularly useful to those supporting bilateral or multilateral projects and are recommended to attend by donor nations and implementing organizations. The issues of SALW and mine action are cross-cutting and therefore different national ministries are involved in different aspects of these subjects, e.g. officials dealing with SALW and/or mine action from, inter alia, MFA, MoD, Customs and Excise, Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and others dealing with relevant social services, would find this course relevant and are among the target audience. This course is open to all Allied and partner countries.

Language Proficiency: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-6 thru OR-9
Officer: OF-2 thru OF-6


This one-week course is comprised of 32 interactive plenary lectures followed by brief moderated Q&A sessions. In reference to some lectures there will be facilitated work in small syndicate groups based upon regional agreements. Case studies complete the subject matter. A guest speaker provides top-level perspectives in closing the course on Friday.

Further Information

M5-62 Arms control Implementation Orientation Course desired but not required.