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NATO Staff Officer Orientation Course

Conducted by COSEC


The aim of the course is to provide foundational knowledge of NATO, including structure, policies, operations, and current issues affecting the Alliance to newly appointed officers or civilian equivalent from NATO and partners.


Duration: 1 Week
Course Structure: Resident (1)
Language: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Unclassified
Discipline: ETE - Education,Training, Exercises and Evaluation
Area: IT - Education and Individual Training
Depth of Knowledge: 2 - Understand
ePrime No.: ACT.179
ETOC Code: ETE-IT-2834

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
M5-32-C-19 27 - 31 May 19
M5-32-D-19 15 - 19 Jul 19 26
M5-32-E-19 07 - 11 Oct 19 0

If no seats are available, you may have your agency POC send a seat waiting list request. Please click on the POC Finder to obtain the contact information of your agency POC.

Learning Objectives

NATO History: Given references students will be able to describe the cornerstones in NATO History and Strategies and to recall NATO’s political and military organisation as well as current operations conducted by NATO

NATO Operational Art: Students will be able to recall the NATO Operational Planning Process in the Comprehensive Operational Planning Directive and to describe the aim of NATO’s Response Force Concept

NATO Legal Aspects: Given references, students will describe the legal parameters, requirements and responsibilities with regard to peace support operations and NATO’s ROE, with a special focus on required authority, the use of force and self-defence.

NATO Civil Military Relations: Referencing NATO’s military policy on CIMIC the students will describe the meaning of CIMIC, CIMIC activities and capabilities and how important civil military cooperation is on the contemporary battlefield

NATO Partnerships and Agreements: Students will be able to describe the importance of NATO’s partnerships and initiatives to include Partnership for Peace [PfP], Mediterranean Dialogue [MD], Istanbul Cooperation Initiative [ICI]) and other international relationships.

Cultural Diversity within the Alliance: Students will outline the importance of cultural diversity of different countries / regions to be considered in an international environment.

NATO's Current Operating Environment: Referencing NATO’s current situation and the decision of the recent summits the students will be able to recognize risks and threats of the future as seen by NATO

Course Participants

Language Proficiency: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: Not eligible
Officer: OF-1 thru OF-5


You are encouraged to complete the following ADL modules provided by the ACT LMS prior to attending the course.

ADL Modules

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