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NATO Orientation Course

Conducted by NCOPD


To provide foundational knowledge on NATO structure, policies and operations and current issues affecting the Alliance.


Duration: 1 Week
Course Structure: Resident (1)
Language: English 3332 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Unclassified
Discipline: ETE - Education,Training, Exercises & Evaluation
Area: MW - NATO Military Workforce
Depth of Knowledge: 3 - Advance
ePrime No.: ACT.179
ETOC Code: ETE-MW-3834

Admin note

Please note that this course is now merged with the NATO NCO Orientation Course (M5-33) from M5-32-C-22 when the course will be renamed and open to both Officers and NCOs

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
M5-32-H-23 04 - 08 Dec 23
M5-32-B-24 04 - 08 Mar 24 Contact POC
M5-32-C-24 06 - 10 May 24 Contact POC
M5-32-D-24 10 - 21 Jun 24 (DL) Contact POC
M5-32-E-24 19 - 23 Aug 24 Contact POC
M5-32-F-24 16 - 27 Sep 24 (DL) Contact POC
M5-32-G-24 14 - 18 Oct 24 Contact POC
M5-32-H-24 18 - 22 Nov 24 Contact POC
M5-32-I-24 09 - 13 Dec 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

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

Military personnel (OR-4 through OF-5) or civilian equivalent working within the NCS/NFS or national institutions.

Language Proficiency: English 3332 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-4 thru OR-9
Officer: OF-1 thru OF-5


The following on-line learning modules are recommended prior to arrival:
1. ADL - 037 Introduction to NATO.
2. ADL - 169 Improving Operational Effectiveness by Integrating Gender Perspective.

The one-week resident course uses the following methods of instruction:
(1) Formal lectures followed by Q&A periods.
(2) Panel discussions in support of a preceding formal lecture.
(3) Syndicate work (e.g. guided discussion, problem solving) to consolidate knowledge gained.

In order to reach a wide range of students in an online environment, the "DL" version of the M5-32 NATO Orientation Course is delivered over two weeks via the NSO eLearning Platform and the NSO’s web-based VTC system. The course has three modules and combines pre-recorded lectures with online group activity.


You are encouraged to complete the following ADL modules prior to attending the course.

ADL Modules

Code Name