International students training at the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) participate in a field training exercise near John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on May 8, 2019.

NAVSCIATTS’ Special Operations Forces Tactical Patrol Leader course is a seven-week course designed for company-level junior officers and senior enlisted personnel that provides international special operations forces, selected conventional forces and law enforcement agency students with tailored training in the tactical employment of platoon-sized units in various environments and operational scenarios. Instruction consists of human rights, advanced land navigation, SOF patrolling, physical training, route planning, combat reaction drills, mission planning, ambushes, raids, and special reconnaissance tactics. The course culminates with a Final Training Exercise encompassing all material covered to ensure students have attained tactical proficiency in platoon-sized elements.

NAVSCIATTS trains and educates foreign Special Operations Forces, SOF-like forces and SOF enablers across the tactical, operational and strategic spectrums through in-residence and Mobile Training Team Courses of Instruction; and serves as USSOCOM’s premier Security Force Assistance training asset. More than 12,000 students from more than 120 partner nations have trained with this Naval Special Warfare command since 1963. (U.S. Navy photos by Michael Williams)