enatoNATO ACT is responsible for the planning and delivery of NATO education and training programmes using NATO national facilities. These programmes are delivered under the e-NATO approach: efficient, effective, affordable, and open.

NATO education and training programmes are under the direction of the Joint Force Trainer.


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The Institutional Accreditation validates the Education & Training mission of an Institution and its relevance to NATO. This requires an Education and Training Facility to demonstrate the existence of an effective internal Quality Management System as well as to provide evidence of their contribution to NATO.

NATO Communities of Interest

The NATO School Oberammergau, located in Oberammergau, Germany, is NATO's key training facility on the operational level. It is the global leader in multinational military education and individual training. Since 1953, the NATO School has trained and educated members of the Alliance and Partner nations.

The NATO Communications and Information Systems School, located in Latina, Italy, provides cost-effective highly developed formal training to personnel (military and civilian) from NATO as well as Non-NATO Nations for the efficient operation and maintenance of NATO Communication and Information Systems.

The NATO Defense College, located in Rome, Italy, is NATO's strategic training centre for senior officers and a major center of education, study and research.

The NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre, located in Souda Bay, Crete is the primary NATO centre for maritime education and training and mission is to conduct the combined training necessary for NATO forces to better execute surface, sub-surface, aerial surveillance, and special operations activities in support of Maritime Interdiction Operations.

The NATO Special Operations School, located in Chievres, Belgium, is the E&T facility for the NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ). The school was established as a unique E&T facility to develop and execute tactical, operational and strategic level education courses for NATO Special Operations Forces (SOF) and to increase capability throughout the Alliance and with Partners.

The Joint Warfare Center (JWC) provides NATO's training focal point for full spectrum joint operational level warfare.

The Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) supports training for NATO and Partner forces to improve joint and combined tactical interoperability.

The Joint Analysis & Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) is NATO's centre for performing Joint Analysis of operations, training, exercises and experiments, based on joint analysis requirements generated by both NATO strategic commands.

The Centres of Excellence (COEs) are nationally or multi-nationally funded institutions that train and educate leaders and specialists from NATO member and partner countries, assist in doctrine development, identify lessons learned, improve interoperability, and capabilities and test and validate concepts through experimentation. They offer recognized expertise and experience that is of benefit to the Alliance and support the transformation of NATO, while avoiding the duplication of assets, resources and capabilities already present within the NATO command structure.

The Partnership Training and Education Centres (PTECs) are nationally or multi-nationally sponsored education and training institutions which are united under a single concept that is endorsed by the North Atlantic Council and recognized by NATO. The PTECs offer courses, seminars, and workshops to both military and civilian personnel in order to provide education, training and instruction in diverse areas consistent with the objectives and priorities of NATO's policy on partnerships. They also provide a platform for operational training by offering both classroom and field venues for exercises.

Education Training Management

NATO ACT has three branches under the direction of the Asisstant Chief of Staff for Joint Education, Training & Exercises:

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