Having trained more than 12,000 international students from more than 120 Partner nations, Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) trains and educates foreign Special Operations Forces across the tactical, operational and strategic spectrums through in-residence and Mobile Training Team Courses of Instruction.
NAVSCIATTS Courses of Instruction include operations, repairs, sustainment of craft (both riverine and littoral), communications, weapons, small unit tactics, range safety, UAS, intel fusion operations as well as follow-on Partner Nation instructor development for all of the aforementioned courses. While the name implies, "naval" and "small craft," more than half of the current courses apply to any security force.
In addition, NAVSCIATTS has the ability to meet emergent requirements from operational commanders. As SOCOM's premier BY…WITH…and THROUGH DoD unit, NAVSCIATTS' five regionally-focused in-resident training semesters assist in developing, shaping, and maintaining strategic relationships with diverse Partner forces. By harnessing these vital relationships, this enables the protection of United States' investments and also advances the interests of the U.S. and its Partner Nations.
NAVSCIATTS has a proven methodology for Building Partner Capacity. We "Train the Trainers" using a combination of in-resident and mobile training team engagements. The mobile training team engagements are used as follow-on to in-resident training and utilize the NAVSCIATTS-trained Partner Nation trainers as the Instructor Cadre. This provides the ability for our Partner Nation trainers to establish credibility as Subject Matter Experts and allows NAVSCIATTS to critique and provide continued mentorship.
One of, if not the primary benefit of training with NAVSCIATTS, is relationship-building. Many of our alumni remain in contact with the staff in regards to professional matters, such as evolving technologies or ever present training opportunities. The ability to provide training across course curriculums also provides an invaluable training opportunity and the formation of relationships. In-resident training provides the opportunity for students to network and socialize with other Security Force professionals from around the world. Offering the ability to form professional and personal bonds that reach across oceans and continents, NAVSCIATTS has allowed for the establishment of networks that have provided assistance in counter-terrorism, counternarcotic and counter human trafficking operations in a global environment.
U.S. Navy video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ethan T. Miller All Hands Magazine June 2019