Welcome to the home page of the NATO Special Operations Medical Branch (SOMB). SOMB is organizationally located within NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ) and physically located within the geographical area of Mons, Belgium. SOMB is made up of a multinational and multi-disciplinary team of both serving and former serving personnel. The Allied Centre for Medical Education (ACME) is the physical building that houses the medical simulation center and typically hosts SOMB courses. 



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. 

NSHQ 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. 


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Our Mission

  • Build and coordinate NATO SOF medical networks in order to improve interoperability. 
  • Develop national and regional NATO SOF medical training and planning capability.
  • Enable individual NATO SOF medical professional development.
  • Foster relationships between NATO SOF medical allied and partner agencies.

* How do we achieve our mission? By running, hosting and supporting NATO endorsed and regulated courses, training events and conferences.

Please click on the Course Catalog link below to apply. For all other inquiries please refer to the Contact Us section.

Training Course Catalog

Our Vision

The NSHQ Special Operations Medical Branch is the Alliance SOF proponent for NATO SOF medical policies, standards, doctrine, training, education and assessments.  The Special Operations Medical Branch proactively enables NATO SOF Commanders through the prudent application of SOF medical principles promulgated through Special Operations Medical Branch publications, NATO SOF Medicine Development Initiative courses, and participation in NATO medical doctrine development processes. The NSHQ Special Operations Medical Branch is the central hub of a comprehensive network comprised of academia, industry, conventional and SOF medical leaders uniformly committed to saving lives and improving SOF mission success. 



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 
  • NSHQ Directive 30-001 NATO Special Operations Medical leader Handbook
  • NSHQ Directive 75-001 Medical Standards and Training Directive