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Special Operations Medical Branch (SOMB)

The Special Operations Medical Branch (SOMB) section is the proponent for the medical training, education, and assessments, and the operational medical doctrine, policies, and standards, and of the organization.


Welcome Special Operations Medical Branch

SOMB is the medical element of the SOFCOM. The SOMB branch is a multinational/multi-disciplinary team composed of currently and formerly serving personnel. SOMB courses receive simulation training support using the Allied Centre for Medical Education (ACME) facilities.


Mission Build and Coordinate SOF Medical Networks

The SOMB’s mission is to foster relationships between Allied and Partner medical components, promote professional development, and improve interoperability between medical networks at national and regional levels.


Vision Fostering SOF Medical Interoperability

The SOMB vision operates as the comprehensive and centralized medical command and control structure providing NATO SOF Commanders with timely, relevant and uniformly provided professional medical support committed to saving lives and improving mission success.


About Us

What is the SOMB?

The Special Operations Medical Branch is the proponent for NATO SOF medical policies, standards, doctrine, training, education and assessments. SOMB proactively enables NATO SOF Commanders through the prudent application of SOF medical principles promulgated through the NATO SOF Medicine Development Initiative and participation in NATO medical doctrine development processes. It is nested with the NATO Special Operations University (NSOU) to deliver medical training that standardizes and improves medical interoperability.

Key Documents

Key SOMB Documents

Please email SOMB (see contact section) from a government email and we will return any of the key documents listed here to you.

  • AMedP 4.13 NATO SOF Medical Support
  • SOFCOM Directive 30-001 NATO Special Operations Medical leader Handbook
  • SOFCOM Directive 75-001 Medical Standards and Training Directive

Contact Us

We are here to help!

Special Operations Medical Branch

Please email org_mb_medops@nshq.nato.int with any comments or questions related to any medical courses, NATO SOF Med contacts or loan of kit etc. This is a shared inbox and we endeavor to reply ASAP.

SOFCOM Human Performance Program

Please email hpp@nshq.nato.int with any comments or questions related to any HPP questions or courses etc. This is a shared inbox and we endeavor to reply ASAP.

Email Address: somb@nshq.nato.int