SO3 Notifying Authority will be hosting CNO+ Trg in the GSO Conf Rm Bldg 309 SHAPE on the following dates:

1 Sep
25 Oct – Closing date 18 Oct
22 Nov Closing date 15 Nov

Capacity exists to train 20 delegates per date. Training will commence at 0830hrs prompt and will conclude at 1700hrs.

An opportunity has arisen to be able to deliver CNO+ training at SHAPE for EJSU/SHAPE/BXL/FRANCE personnel on the above dates. 

Churn and competing commitments has resulted in minimal persons being trained.  This is a requirement for personnel to be able to act as Interim VO, should the need arise in the future.

With the easing of restrictions, the opportunity now presents to offer more comprehensive CNO/VO training in the form of CNO+.  CNO+ has been designed for the overseas space.  CNO+ can only be delivered in person, due to the soft skill demands.  Moreover, qualification from F2F training lasts for 4 years and is a JPA competency.  

Delegates who qualify will be able to undertake either CNO or interim VO duties thus offering NSE’s and HQ EJSU more flexibility in their ability to deliver mandated and essential support in the event of an unforeseen incident.

Selection Criteria
Selection criteria is as follows:

Experience. The single most important consideration is that the CNO must have the experience, sensitivity and maturity to cope with the unpredictable nature of a grieving family, without either becoming too involved or appearing unsympathetic. This is not necessarily related to age, but from experience, the younger they are, the harder they may find it to cope?

Rank. CNO’s should ideally be OF2-OF4 or experienced OR7-OR9; (OF4/5’s also welcome). Asst CNOs/EO OR5-OR6 or by exception OR4.

Exclusions. UWO’s and Padres should not be appointed as CNO’s as this may prevent them from assisting the family with the interim VO at a later time/date.

Personal Circumstances. Individuals suffering from a recent personal trauma or stress are not suitable to be appointed as a CNO and should not attend CNO training at this time. Typical examples of unsuitable situations are: personal bereavement within the last 6-12 months, very serious illness within their family, marital breakdown, relationship issues in general or operationally deployed dependants (spouse/partner/dependants).

JI’s are ordinarily sent out the week prior to the course.

Please complete course bids to Rachael Lewis – SO3 Notifying Authority Cas/Comp using the following sign-up form. Closing dates for each course are as follows:

Course Trg Date              Closing Date

Thurs 26 May                    Weds 18 May 22

Thurs 9 Jun                       Weds 01 Jun 22

Thurs 1 Sep                       Weds 31 Aug 22

Bids will be accepted on first come first serve basis, if the training is oversubscribed, a reserve list will be held.

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