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NATO Staff Officer Orientation Course

Conducted by COSEC


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 and Evaluation
Area: IT - Education and Individual Training
Depth of Knowledge: 3 - Advance
ePrime No.: ACT.179
ETOC Code: ETE-IT-3834

Admin note

Please note that this course is planned to merge 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-A-22 17 Jan 22 - 04 Feb 22 (DL) 36
M5-32-C-22 14 - 18 Mar 22 Contact POC
M5-32-D-22 28 Mar 22 - 15 Apr 22 (DL) Contact POC
M5-32-E-22 23 May 22 - 10 Jun 22 (DL) 1
M5-32-F-22 04 - 08 Jul 22 19
M5-32-G-22 26 - 30 Sep 22 8
M5-32-H-22 05 - 23 Dec 22 (DL) 9

If you wish to join a 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.

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 officers (OF-1 through OF-5) or civilian equivalent working within the NCS/NFS or national institutions.

Language Proficiency: English 3332 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: Not eligible
Officer: OF-1 thru OF-5


The course is made up of the following elements:
a) Pre Arrival

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.

Complete the following pre-reading material:
1. Secretary General Annual Report (Ref. H)
b) Residential phase.

A one-week course using 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.


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

ADL Modules

Code Name