Systems approach to CBRN defence training according to ATP-3.8.1 Vol. III

ATP-3.8.1 Vol. III is a NATO/Partnership for Peace unclassified publication concerning military education, training, and evaluation standards. The agreement of NATO nations to use this publication is recorded in STANAG 2520. According to this doctrinal document, the CBRN defence training should be developed, conducted and evaluated at all levels using the “systems approach to training” (SAT) model. Such a model provides a more effective, efficient and economical approach to training. It consists of four major phases which aim at:

a. determining all tasks at individual, unit and command levels,

b. designing to ensure the required training objectives will be met,

c. conducting of training,

d. evaluation of training to see if the commanders’ training objectives were achieved and whether the HQ’ staff can perform its individual and collective tasks for the designated mission.

Key aspects of the training concern essential tasks which have to be fulfilled during a mission, requirements, and necessary training objectives to fulfil the job. It can be noticed that training programmes can differ to some extent between headquarters, nations and services, but this model should be applied for all CBRN training within NATO programmes. This model can be also used for national training. NATO member states and partners are encouraged to do it as it ensures a common approach and support for achieving interoperability at the highest level[i].

Institutions responsible for programming and organizing the CBRN defence training should update the didactic content adequately to identified threats and new equipment in service. It is essential for recon CBRN forces, because they are responsible for DIM (detection, identification, and monitoring) of CBRN threats in operational theatre. 

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