Course Iterations

Sub Number Date Location Registration
SOF-SO-47059-A-2024-25 11 Nov - 21 Nov, 2024  RL: NATO SOF Campus

Course Information

SOCC Command Group Course

The aim for a new SOCC Command Group Course is to supplement the existing SOCC Staff, SOCC Planning and SOCC JOC/SOAC AOC courses by providing a higher level of training, to prepare current and future SOCC Commanders to direct Special Operations in and outside the Joint Operations Area (JOA) while adapting seamlessly to both existing and future threats and security challenges. Future challenges are non-specific, but may include support to the operationalization of the NATO Force Model, Joint Force Command (JFC) Regional Plans, and Allied Reaction Force (ARF) initiatives.

End state: Graduates are capable of leading and directing with knowledgeable guidance a SOCC from stand-up to stand-by and transition.

Students will receive 09 days designed course based on student centred learning events such as - facilitated discussions, debates, table top exercises, practical exercises, case study analyses, small syndicate group problem solving, and senior leader seminar/panel discussions specific to the roles, responsibilities, and strategic decision-making reflections associated with serving as a SOCC Commander.

Duration:

  • 10 working days

Course level:

  • Experienced

Course Size:

  • Max. 20 Students

Language:

  •  English

Location:

Main:

NATO SOF campus, Chievres Air Force Base near Mons

Sub-locations:

SHAPE

Multiple staff rides

Minimum NATO Clearance:

NATO SECRET

Course Aim

The aim for a new SOCC Command Group Course is to supplement the existing SOCC Staff, SOCC Planning and SOCC JOC/SOAC AOC courses by providing a higher level of training, to prepare current and future SOCC Commanders to direct Special Operations in and outside the Joint Operations Area (JOA) while adapting seamlessly to both existing and future threats and security challenges. Future challenges are non-specific, but may include support to the operationalization of the NATO Force Model, Joint Force Command (JFC) Regional Plans, and Allied Reaction Force (ARF) initiatives. 

Objectives

Graduates are capable of leading and directing with knowledgeable guidance a SOCC from stand-up to stand-by and transition.

Target Audience

a)         SOCC Commanders (Current or future)

b)         SOCC Deputy Commanders (Current or future)

c)         SOCC Chiefs of Staff (Current or future)

d)         SOTF Commanders (Current or future)

e)         SOF CSELs (Current or future)

f)          SOCC and CJSOTF CSEL (Current or future)

Staff Officers: OF-4 and above

NCOs: OR-9 (or OR-8 when functional in position as a SOCC CSEL)

Requirements

Mandatory:

(1)        NATO Secret Clearance

(2)        3-2-3-2 English Language Proficiency

 

Recommended student prerequisites include:

(1)        SOF background (previously served as NATO SOF Task Group level commander)

(2)        Knowledge of the NATO crisis response planning (CRP) process, to include Comprehensive Operations Planning Directive (COPD), NATO Force Model, etc.

(3)        SOF staff experience

(4)        Graduate of the NSOU SOCC Staff,  SOCC Planning Course, SOCC JOC/SOAC AOC,

(5)        NATO SOF Senior Leader Course or NATO SOF Executive Leader Course or national equivalent recommended

(6)        Understanding of National SOF role in Allied and Partner National plans including standing defence plans (SDP), contingency plan (COP), graduated response plans (GRP), sequenced response plans (SERP), and regional plans (RP)

(7)        Familiarity with NATO Joint National, and/or multinational exercises

(8)        Familiarity with “conventional vs. unconventional” warfighting (e.g., hybrid threats, resilience and resistance operations)

(9)        An understanding of the SOF advantage and access to national Intelligence services

(10)      Experience in NATO HQ deployments