Military Assistance (MA) Course 


Two week course which provides the training and education needed to prepare students for Military Assistance (MA) operations. The course is designed to produce adaptive thinkers, flexible leaders and dynamic problem solvers. Students completing this course will possess the skills and knowledge needed to prepare them for success in a highly complex and fluid environment.


    • Provide students with the fundamentals for developing and advising a partner force
    • Educate students how to employ the practical tools required in Military Assistance missions: Intelligence Preparation of the Operational Environment, Network Analysis, Targeting, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, Analyzing Personal Biases, Partner Training Plan Development, Cross-Cultural Communication, Logistics and Life Support considerations
    • Familiarize students with how diplomatic, informational, military and economic (DIME) considerations may be used to influence strategic outcomes
    • Adaptive Leader Skills: Negotiation, conflict resolution, analysis of personal biases and common pitfalls in MA.
    • Familiarize students with the methods of assessing the impact of political, military, economic, social, infrastructure and information (PMESII) factors to achieve strategic effect.


Course duration is 2 weeks*.


The two week course will achieve it’s aim through a combination of classes, discussions, case studies, lessons learned and interactive practical exercises taught over eighty programmed hours of instruction. The MA Course will be conducted by ISTC Cadre in conjunction with subject matter experts from the NATO School Oberammergau, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG), US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (USAJFKSWCS), as well as guest speakers from several NATO SOF uni


Course is open to all NATO and Partner Nations. The course is recommended for junior to mid-grade officers and NCO’s, staff personnel (up to battalion or SOTG level) and civilian personnel (interagency, law enforcement). Participation is not limited to a specific rank or duty position as the course is designed to benefit personnel of all experience levels via an interactive methodology and individual feedback. Students must possess a NATO SECRET security clearance and provide copy of the security clearance certificate or confirmation of security clearance upon arrival. Students must possess a good working knowledge of English.


Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with following pre-course reading material:


Dress throughout the course is national working dress / battledress.

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*Further details can be found in the Joining Instructions available at the sending Unit or the respective Ministry of Defense (MoD).