NOTE1: The NSOF-01-E-20 (SOCC Staff Course) in May (4-8 May 2020) will be a Mobile Education Team.
NOTE2: The MET in May was cancelled, due to CORONA Virus, and an online version was conducted in the same period (ADL 003 - Intro to SOCC SC).
NOTE3: The NSOF-01-F-20 (SOCC Staff Course) in NOV/DEC (30NOV-4DEC 2020) will be a course delivered in Germany by a Mobile Education Team, for NRF 2023.
The SOCC Staff Course is a one-week course that sets the baseline for doctrine, terminology, and processes necessary to work in a NATO SOCC or equivalent component command headquarters. The curriculum focuses on how a component command-level headquarters of a Joint Task Force (JTF) synchronizes special operations across a given theatre to achieve operational and strategic level effects.
In addition, the course covers the organisation, responsibilities and processes of the SOCC, the utilization of liaisons and the integration of special operations and conventional forces. Students will be exposed to the employment of maritime, land and air Special Operations Task Groups (SOTGs), and Special Operations Liaison Elements in a joint operational environment.
Modular in format, the course centers on five themes:
- NATO SOF – Background and NSHQ formation, NATO SOF characteristics and employment, how a SOCC can be organized for maximum effect.
- Force Integration – The synchronization, integration and harmonization of NATO SOF and Conventional forces, working with other component commands, Command and Control (C2).
- Liaison – The importance of the ‘right’ liaison officer, liaison elements and employment, liaison and NATO SOF C2.
- Planning Considerations – Complementary disciplines that assist NATO SOF in their planning, covering Intelligence, Information Operations, Medical, Legal, Logistics and Targeting disciplines, how plans evolve into operation execution.
- Operations – The importance of Battle Rhythm and the analysis of a case study.
The course is delivered through lectures, discussions, practical exercises, and analysis of selected case studies, with much of the course taught in small groups.
Before arriving to the course, you must successfully complete the two Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) courses:
1. Introduction to NATO Special Operations
2. Fundamentals of NATO SOCC Operations
This course is designed for Officers and senior Non-commissioned Officers with varied SOF and non-SOF backgrounds from Operations to Intel and Logistics. Civilians working/supporting a SOCC, working at governmental or military academic institutions level, in order to understand how a SOCC works..
In addition to a 3232 in English language skill, students should be comfortable speaking English in front of groups to participate in this course.
US MASL Number: D272012