Course Iterations

Sub Number Date Location Registration
SOF-SO-15630-B-2023-24 01 Jul - 31 Jul, 2024  ADL: ADL
SOF-SO-15630-A-2024-25 01 Aug - 31 Aug, 2024  ADL: ADL
SOF-SO-15630-B-2024-25 01 Sep - 30 Sep, 2024  ADL: ADL
SOF-SO-15630-C-2024-25 01 Oct - 31 Oct, 2024  ADL: ADL
SOF-SO-15630-D-2024-25 01 Nov - 30 Nov, 2024  ADL: ADL
SOF-SO-15630-E-2024-25 01 Dec - 31 Dec, 2024  ADL: ADL

Course Information

ADL 101 Introduction to NATO Special Operations

Aim: To provide students with foundational knowledge of the framework of NATO SOCC operations.

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

  1. Outline the role of special operations in NATO.
  2. Identify the principal tasks of NATO SOF.
  3. Recognize the contributions of SOF air and maritime forces.
  4. Outline the criteria for SOF employment within NATO.

Description: ADL 101 is an asynchronous e-Learning module encompassing themes that provide the reference point for NATO SOF in terms of SOF’s role in NATO, the principal tasks used, the unique characteristics of NATO SOF, and the special employment criteria applied before their use. Also examined is the use of enablers, such as maritime and air, that are vital to the execution of SOF missions. 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 learning management system (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 NATO Command Structure, NATO force structure, and SOFCOM, who requires an introductory level of knowledge 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 being supported by SOF in operations and exercises can also access the solution.


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.