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NATO Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course

Conducted by NCOPD


The aim of the CSEL Course is to educate the highest-ranking Alliance and Partner Nation Senior Non-commissioned Officers on how to operationally and strategically operate in a multinational environment. Course outcomes are designed to be congruent with SACEUR and SACT’s Commander’s Intent, NATO Command/Force Structure Requirements and National Feedback.


Duration: 2 Weeks
Course Structure: Resident (2)
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: 4 - Excel
ePrime No.: ACT.355
ETOC Code: ETE-IT-4633

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
S1-84-B-19 02 - 13 Sep 19 Selection

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

Lead NCO Professional Development (PD): Given references, the student will lead NCO professional development programs in accordance with ACT and ACO directives.

Direct International Ceremonies: Given references, the students will prepare a NATO ceremony in accordance with NATO COMMANDERS Guidance for Protocol 2010.

Articulate NCO Issues: Given references, the student will effectively present a formal briefing in accordance with CFC 98055000 Communication Skills and Staff Duties.

Superior Officer: Given references, the student will describe the roles, authorities, and expectations of the CSEL within the HQ staff in accordance with NATO policy and doctrine.

Provide sound CSEL advice to Commanders: Given references, and presentations on present global security environment challenges faced by the NATO alliance. The student will effectively demonstrate the ability to provide advice to commanders.

Course Participants

NCOs (OR-9) who are assigned for the national or NATO CSEL. OPR and Co-OPR will establish the course loading prioritisation.

Language Proficiency: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-9 thru OR-9
Officer: Not eligible


This two-week course is composed of two modules. Module one is focused on CSELs roles and responsibilities using interactive lectures with illustrated examples in syndicate work using detailed and realistic NATO scenarios. Students in small groups are required to produce presentations to confirm the acquisition of knowledge as a part of formative student assessment.
Remarks: The POI Working Group recommends that syndicates may each develop or evaluate different types of PD programs; e.g.: annual, in-theatre, etc. This would serve the collateral benefit of being able to use CSELs’ expertise in developing generic programs for each of these types of PD programs.
Practical limitations: No resources or time allocated to actually conduct a PD session while on course (no actual subordinates; budget issues are briefed only; CSEL students will not have a budget to administer)
Content from this EO overlaps with EO 1.2. therefore, instructors must ensure overlap is complimentary versus repetitive.

Further Information

This is a two week course. This course will comprise the current status of operations, NATO structure, procedures, the NATO NCO, tools, and networks available to use

Pre-reading: NATO Bi-Sc NATO NCO Policy and Recommended Guidelines 2010, ADL 037 Introduction to NATO, ADL 009 Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings, ADL 111 NATO Rules of Engagement, ADL 039 English Language Training Enhancement Course (ELTEC).


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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