The aim of this course is to familiarize nationally appointed COMPASS personnel with the (Civil-) Military dimension.

COMPASS personnel are national experts in political, reconstruction & stabilization and media areas. NATO nations contribute with this expertise to the NATO Strategic, Joint Force and Component Command (= Theatre) level on a case by case basis in order for NATO to fulfill the given tasks. The course consists of an Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) part and a residential part (conducted at CCOE).

Subjects of the Course

  • NATO vision on Comprehensive Approach
  • Introduction to Civil Military Cooperation / Civil Military Interaction
  • Interpretation of the Comprehensive Operational Planning and civil expertise in military planning
  • Introduction to the (Civil-) Military Dimension and the military perception of stabilization and reconstruction
  • Introduction to NATO Assessment following Staff Procedures and supporting the staff’s synchronisation process
  • Exchange of experience in the field and application to practical skills


  • Language proficiency: Students must have the following standards of proficiency in English (as described in STANAG 6001):
    • listening – good/3
    • speaking – good/3
    • reading – good/3
    • writing – good/3
  • The course is open for appointed COMPASS personnel and equivalent personnel from NLD, POL and SVN
  • The ADL part is mandatory and needs to be successfully completed by the students before taking the residential part
  • Details about the ADL account will be forwarded after registration to the course


The COMPASS COURSE will be conducted in 2 iterations per year. The duration is 1 week.

Tuition Fee


Students from Sponsoring Nations:        290.00 Euro
Students from Non-Sponsoring Nations: 390.00 Euro

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