Academics > Portfolio >

Course Catalogue


Special Operations Air Integration (SOAI) Course

Conducted by HIED


The aim of this course is to provide students with foundational knowledge on how to employ and integrate Special Operations Component's air/aviation assets as a part of a Joint Forces.


Duration: 1 Week
Course Structure: Resident (1)
Language: English 3232 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Unclassified Rel to NATO partners
Discipline: SOF - Special Operations
Area: SO - Special Operations
Depth of Knowledge: 2 - Intermediate
ePrime No.: ACT.797
ETOC Code: SOF-SO-21866

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
N3-144-A-24 25 - 29 Mar 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

SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES VS. CONVENTIONAL FORCES.: Given references, the student will be able to describe the nature of special operations forces and what differentiates them from conventional military forces in NATO.

SPECIAL OPERATIONS AVIATION COMMAND AND CONTROL (C2) AND ITS INTEGRATION PRINCIPLES: Given references, the student will be able to describe the integration of SOF aviation with special operations and conventional forces through the various liaison elements, structures and functions.

Course Participants

Military officers (OF-2 through OF-4) and NCOs (OR-6 through OR-9) or civilian equivalents from any service, who are assigned or selected for assignment to an international or national organization as Staff or as planners, performing duties directly associated with the planning and/or integration of special air operations, or responsible for SOF aviation planning and integration at the SOATG level or higher.

Language Proficiency: English 3232 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-6 thru OR-9
Officer: OF-2 thru OF-4


This one week course is comprised of formal lectures, designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of the content being presented, followed by brief, moderated Q&A sessions.
Apart of the interactive plenary lectures, practical exercises (based on a Case study) in small syndicates followed by back briefs to plenary and discussion with comments will be held. Multimedia means are used in a balanced and constructive combination to enhance internalization of information.

Further Information

NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) is actively involved in supporting the education and individual training of Conventional Forces to support the conduct of Special Operations (SO) and the utilization of Special Operations Forces (SOF). Developing a more detailed understanding of SO and SOF for convential forces with NATO enables better force integration and serves as a force multiplier for the Joint Forces Commander.

The Introduction to NATO Special Operations Course (INSOC) P3-142 is recommended by not required to participate in the P3-144 Special Operations Air Integration (SOAI) Course.