Course Iterations

Sub Number Date Location Registration
SOF-SO-16849-B-2023-24 01 Jul - 31 Jul, 2024  ADL: ADL
SOF-SO-16849-A-2024-25 01 Aug - 31 Aug, 2024  ADL: ADL
SOF-SO-16849-B-2024-25 01 Sep - 30 Sep, 2024  ADL: ADL
SOF-SO-16849-C-2024-25 01 Oct - 31 Oct, 2024  ADL: ADL
SOF-SO-16849-D-2024-25 01 Nov - 30 Nov, 2024  ADL: ADL
SOF-SO-16849-E-2024-25 01 Dec - 31 Dec, 2024  ADL: ADL

Course Information

ADL 102 Fundamentals of NATO SOCC Operations

Aim: To provide students with foundational knowledge of the framework of NATO SOCC operations and to address four areas of importance: identifying the chain of command between operational planning and the execution of NATO special operations, understanding the importance of clear command and control (C2) relationships within NATO operations, recognizing how the levels of C2 are delineated in NATO SOF, and understanding how SOCC command and liaison elements enhance interoperability between NATO SOF and the joint task force (JT F) HQ.

Objective: At the end of this online course, students will be able to:

  •  Describe the role and responsibilities of a NATO SOCC.
  •  Identify command relationships that apply to SOCC operations.
  •  Recognize how NATO special operations are integrated into the NATO C2 structure.
  •  Identify roles and functions of SOCC liaison elements.

Description: ADL 102 is an asynchronous e-Learning module encompassing themes that provide the reference point for NATO SOF and how it organizes its forces under a SOCC. Specifically, it covers the chain of command between operational planning and execution of NATO special operations, the C2 relationships that are unique to NATO SOF, and how liaison elements underpin and enhance interoperability between NATO SOF and the JTF HQ. The module uses contemporary e-learning principles and methodologies to make the learning relevant and accessible to all types of learners through a user-friendly LMS. Assessment of learning is both formative and summative and includes interactive videos, quizzes, and case studies, alongside question banks that offer a range of question types proven to assess learning effectively.

Target Audience: Any staff member from the NATO Command Structure, NATO force structure, and SOFCOM, who requires a depth of knowledge 100 level of normal training on NATO SOF doctrine, may take the course. Personnel from Allied and partner SOF nations, non- NATO nations, and single-service HQs who may be supporting or be supported by SOF in operations and exercises can also access the solution through a registered ILIAS account.


Students should have a 3322 rating in English language skills and should be comfortable speaking English in front of groups.

A personal computer (Windows (XP, Windows Server 2008, or more recent) or Mac (Mac OS X 10.8 — Mountain Lion or newer version)).

Internet connectivity by modem, ADSL, or cable (1Kb/s or more).

Speaker and microphone compatible with virtual/online collaboration tools.

A NATO SECRET clearance is not required for this ADL course.