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COE-CWO Courses

The Centre of Excellence for Cold Winter Operations offers different courses for training in winter conditions.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Allied Winter Course

               

Time: 04.01.16– 29.01.16

Aims:

  • To give the students the basic knowledge needed to serve as winter training instructors and advisers
  • To train the students in taking advantage of the conditions imposed by snow and cold weather on the battlefield
  • To train survival, mobility and leadership under winter conditions.

    Course content and prerequisites of attendance​​

    The AOWWC is mainly a course focusing on platoon level aimed for officers and NCOs holding the rank of Captain (OF-2) or below. The course emphasises practical exercises and demonstrations including three main field exercises with twelve nights out in tents and alternative bivouacs. Most of the work is carried out in small groups, and the students will be organised in sections. The initial basic training (week 1–3) will focus on building up individual skills. The last weeks will cover tactics and techniques on section and platoon level, including a six day tactical exercise. 

    The course requires a general high standard of physical fitness. The course is open for NATO, Partnership for Peace and Norwegian officers.​

  • Listening (Good/ 3)
  • Speaking (Fair/ 2)
  • Reading (Fair/ 2)
  • Writing (Fair/ 2)

 

Norwegian Winter Warning Course


Time: 05.01.16–30.01.16

Aims:
  • Educate instructors in winter warfare and winter survival
  • Give the students education and experience to be the senior instructor and their commanders advisor in winter warfare
  • Exchange of experience and development within winter warfare
The Norwegian Winter Warfare Course is open for Norwegian officers only.   

 

NATO Avalanche Warning course


Time: 10.02.16–19.02.16​​

Aims: 

  • The main objective of the NATO Avalanche Warning Course (NAWC) is to give the students further knowledge and develop their skills concerning snow conditions and avalanche hazards
  • Be able to use metrological data and knowledge about snow together with avalanche theory to assess the avalanche hazards
  • Be drilled in different snow stability tests, and understand their limitations
  • Understand how an avalanche team works, its mission and daily routines
  • Understand the importance of route planning in mountains concerning the avalanche threat

Content and prequisites of attendance:

The NAWC is a course for mountain specialists and demands Mountain Leader level. The course requires a general high standard of physical fitness, and the students must have good downhill skiing skills. The course is mainly targeted at officers holding the rank of major (OF-3) or below (ranks lower than Corporal may not attend). Subject to number of national students, the course is open to NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. Students must at least have the following standards of proficiency in English (as described in STANAG 6001):

  • Listening (Good/ 3)
  • Speaking (Fair/ 2)
  • Reading (Good/ 3)
  • Writing (Fair/ 2) 

Commanders Winter Warfare course


Time: Will not be executed in 2016.

Aims:

  • The main objective of the CWWC is to give the students further knowledge and understanding on how winter conditions influence planning, operations and logistics
  • Present and familiarise the students with Norwegian winter warfare training and techniques
  • To present the possibilities of conducting winter warfare training in Norway
  • To give the students further knowledge and understanding of the importance of leadership during winter operations
​Course content and prerequisites of attendance
The course is aimed at battalion commanders, senior battalion staff, company commanders and officers responsible for planning winter training, holding the rank of Captain (OF-2) or above (no waivers). All students should have basic experience from previous winter training. They should also represent units conducting training in Norway, or at least be nationally involved in winter training in their respective countries. The course is open for NATO and Partnership for Peace officers. Students must at least have the following standards of proficiency in English (as described in STANAG 6001): 

  • Listening (Good/ 3)
  • Speaking (Fair/ 2)
  • Reading (Good/ 3)
  • Writing (Fair/ 2)

Norwegian Avalanche Rescue course

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Time: 20.04.15–30.04.15

Aims:

  • Educate officers as instructors within avalanche rescue, both buddy rescue and organised avalanche rescue
  • Give the students knowledge and experience to coordinate with all participants (civilian and military) within organised avalanch
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  • ts knowledge and experience in basic avalanche warning in order to be able to conduct safe route planning. The course is open for Norwegian officers only. Please visit our intranet pages for more details.

ARMY Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Extraction Instructor course

Time:

  • Part 1: 08.02.16–19.02.16 
  • Part 2: 22.08.16–09.09.16​

 This section covers both the autumn and the winter courses 

Aims:

  • To give the students the basic knowledge needed to serve as ARMY SERE instructors.
  • To give the students necessary knowledge to continue for the ARMY SERE Instructor, winter training. 
The training is based on NATO STANAG 7196 (draft); The NATO Survival, Escape/ Evasion, Resistance and Extraction (SERE) Standard. The course will give CSAR and SERE C qualifications. NSWW will particularly cover aspects related to subarctic climate and terrain, summer and winter. 

NATO STANAG 7196 definition of SERE:

Defines the set of tactics, techniques, and procedures that will give isolated personnel the tools to survive any environment and to evade capture where such a threat exists. Failing that, to resist exploitation by captors and, if the situation permits, escape captivity to finally support their own or assisted recovery (extraction) and return with dignity. 

Prerequisites of Attendance

The SERE course focuses on personnel conducting Long Range Recce Patrol and Special Operations. This course requires a very high standard of physical fitness. The course is primarily for allied officers (and NCOs) scheduled for Long Range Reccy Patrol, Special Operations and those who are involved in winter training in artic conditions. 

The students must fulfil the following requirements: 
  • 7 km running test in combat bo​ots and 20 kg rucksack – time limit: 52 minutes. This will be tested the first day. Students who do not pass, will be returned to their units
  • 200 metres swimming with clothes, no time limit. It will be tested the first day
  • NATO Security Clearance Certificate of at least NATO CONFIDENTIAL 

All classes are given in English. Students must as a minimum have the following standards of proficiency in English (as described in STANAG 6001):

  • Listening (Good/ 3)
  • Speaking (Fair/ 2)
  • Reading (Good/ 3)
  • Writing (Fair/ 2) 

The course is limited to ten vacancies. NATO nations may attend the course. Priority will be given to allied officers who are scheduled for Long Range Recce Patrol, and allied officers involved in winter training in artic and subartic conditions. The autumn course acts as a pre-requisite for the winter part, and must be passed in advance. Students must have a security clearance of NATO Secret or above.

Published 12 June 2015 17:02.. Last updated 28 June 2016 10:56.