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
To provide students with a baseline of knowledge in various staff processes to allow effective employment as a NATO SOCC staff member.
Students will be able to operate at the component level as NATO SOCC staff members.
This course is designed for officers, warrant officers, senior NCOs (OR-6 to OF-4), and civilians with varied backgrounds who will be working, supporting, or be supported at the SOCC level.
Students should have a 3232 rating in English language skills and should be comfortable speaking English in front of groups.
Before the course begins, students must successfully complete two ADL courses: ADL 101—Introduction to NATO Special Operations and ADL 102—Fundamentals of NATO SOCC Operations. Students must obtain a JADL account to access the prerequisite materials and, for the ADL version of the SOCC Staff Course, to access the online classroom.
A NATO SECRET clearance is required for this course, and students must provide a copy of their security clearance upon arrival at the NSOS.