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The ability to conduct public affairs effectively in today’s fast paced and highly complex communications environment is critical to NATO mission success.

Public Affairs Officers (PAOs) must be trained and knowledgeable of NATO Public Affairs policies and practices before assuming their duties, in particular those assigned to the following:

  • NATO Crisis Establishment (CE) positions, i.e. PAOs deployed in NATO Operations
  • Peacetime Establishment (PE) positions, i.e. posts in current NATO Structure
  • National PA positions on NATO-led missions

While PA Training is primarily a national responsibility, not all nations have the resources and capabilities to train PAOs beyond the basic level.

To assist nations in meeting this challenge, ACT is actively working with NATO Member and Partnership for Peace (PfP) nations with mature PA education and training programs and resources to make their courses available to a wider audience.

We’re also working closely with the NATO School to ensure that the NATO PA courses continue to provide high-quality and operationally relevant training to PAOs (both officers and non-commissioned officers) assigned to NATO PA positions.

If you are:

  • serving at a national HQ responsible for nominating PAOs for NATO CE or PE positions or a NATO-led mission;
  • an individual assigned to a NATO PA position or a national PA position on a NATO-led mission; or
  • a member or Partner nation looking to establish a PA education and training program; 

Call, write or e-mail us. Our Public Affairs Training Section is NATO’s lead agency for promoting excellence in military Public Affairs training. We’re here to help.

NATO Public Affairs Career Progression

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Basic PA Training

While basic PA training is a national responsibility, ACT recognizes that not all nations can currently provide this capacity adequately, particularly in English. As such, ACT has observed a number of basic-level PA courses which are recommended.

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Since November 2010, two separate one-week PA courses are offered at the NATO School in Oberammergau, each course available three times a year. These courses, called NATO Public Affairs Policy Indoctrination Course and NATO Public Affairs in Operations Course replaced the former two-week NATO Public Affairs Course.

advanced pa trng150Advanced PA Training

In addition to the NATO School PA courses, advanced PA training may be offered at the following national schools:

The command for Management, Information and Communication Training in the Swiss Armed Forces (MICA), United Kingdom’s Defence Media Operations Centre (DMOC), United States’ Defense Information School (DINFOS).


Available PA Courses

  • NATO Senior Official StratCom Familiarization Course +

    Location : NATO School Oberammergau, Germany

    Next Course: 8-12 Sep 2014; 2-6 February 2015; 31 Aug - 4 Sep 2015

    Course duration:

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