Relevant definitions concerning didactic activities

Relevant definitions concerning didactic activities are described in the ATP-3.8.1 Vol III[i]. The definitions were presented in Military Committee (MC) 458/1[ii].

  1. Education. Education is treated as the permanent process to impart general knowledge through formal and informal study to influence individuals to accept their commitments to general military attitudes. It is achieved through teaching methodologies, doctrines, tactics and ethical principles to acquire skills necessary to fulfil their duties.
  2. Training. Training involves preserving and improving the ability of military individuals, staffs and forces to perform sound military operations. It complements education (as disseminating knowledge through formal or informal study), individual and collective training as well as exercises. Successful CBRN defence training is achieved through the use of evolving exercise scenarios.
  3. Exercise. Exercises have to prepare commands and forces for operations in peace, crisis and conflict. The aims and objectives of exercises must mirror current and anticipated operational requirements and priorities.
  4. Evaluation. Evaluation involves the examination of individuals, staffs, units, and force components on their capability to effectively and efficiently conduct given missions and tasks. It also investigates the validity and reliability of systems, procedures, programmes, and objectives. It includes analysis, assessment, feedback, lessons identified and lessons learned. Evaluation of CBRN defence capability is conducted within exercises using defined standards and criteria.

While systematic planning of didactic activities from the field of CBRN, the definitions provided by the ATP-3.8.1 Vol III should be taken into account. Worth mentioning is the fact that education, training, exercise, and evaluation can be technologically enhanced. New technologies in security and safety didactics can be used for checking reactions to emerging threats, crisis response situations behaviours, as well as for learning decision making and managerial skills[iii].

[i][i] NATO – ATP-3.8.1 VOL III, CBRN Defence Standards for Education, Training And Evaluation – Volume III,

[ii] MC 458/1 “NATO Education, Training, Exercise and Evaluation Policy”.

[iii] M. Gawlik-Kobylińska & P. Maciejewski, New technologies in education for security and safety. In Proceedings of the 2019 8th International Conference on Educational and Information Technology (ICEIT 2019). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, pp. 198–202.