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NATO NCO Orientation Course

Conducted by NCOPD


To enable NCOs with foundational knowledge and skills regarding NATO, including organizational structure, policies and operations as well as current issues affecting the Alliance.


Duration: 1 Week
Course Structure: Resident (1)
Language: English 2222 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.180
ETOC Code: ETE-IT-2627

Admin note

Please note that this course is now merged with the NATO Staff Officer Orientation Course after M5-33-B-22 and please check dates for M5-32 for 2022

Course Iterations

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Learning Objectives

NATO’s Role and Function: Given references, the students will describe of NATO’s role and function in the current global security environment.

European Atlantic Security Architecture and Non-Military Threats, Dangers, and Risks to the Alliance: Given references, the student will describe the Euro-Atlantic Security architecture and the non-military threats, dangers and risks to the Alliance.

NATO NCO Bi-SC Strategy and Recommended Guidelines: Given references and scenarios, the student will explain the relevance of the NATO NCO Bi-SC Strategy and recommended guidelines.

Course Participants

NCOs (OR-4 through OR-9) or civilian equivalent who are assigned to the NATO command and force Structures, NATO Education and Training Facilities (NETF), and Centers of Excellence (COE), Partnership Training and Education Centers (PTEC), and National Training Institutions (NTI) that support NATO education and individual training.

Language Proficiency: English 2222 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-4 thru OR-9
Officer: Not eligible


This one-week course is comprised of several modules that build upon each other. The topics are first delivered and explained in the classroom, illustrated in examples, exercised in syndicate groups, and finally discussed in plenary classroom by the whole body of students. Students are required to produce syndicate work in the form of PowerPoint presentations to confirm the acquirement of delivered knowledge as a part of a formative student assessment.

Further Information

The NATO NCO Orientation Course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge of NATO structures, policies, operations, and emerging issues required for Non-Commissioned Officers to serve effectively within the Alliance. Students will gain a working knowledge of NATO‘s environment, as well as an understanding of how the NATO Non-Commissioned Officer Bi-SC Strategy and Recommended Non-Commissioned Officer Guidelines relate to national NCO professional development programs.


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

ADL Modules

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