NATO in Afghanistan

Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) Programme

(September 2007)

  • The Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) programme is a key contribution by  NATO’s ISAF mission towards developing the Afghan National Army (ANA)
  • OMLTs are embedded in ANA Battalions (Kandaks), Brigades, Garrisons & Corps HQs
  • OMLTs provide training and mentoring to support ANA units’ operational deployments
  • OMLTs also provide a liaison capability between ANA and ISAF forces, co-ordinating the planning of operations and ensuring that the ANA units receive enabling support
  • Corps HQ and Garrison OMLTs do not deploy from their assigned locations
  • Brigade and Kandak OMLTs deploy throughout Afghanistan with their ANA partner units (1)
  • OMLTs are composed of 12-19 personnel, depending on the type of partner unit
  • OMLT personnel deploy for periods of at least 6 months in order to build enduring relationships with the ANA and maximise the mentoring effect
  • OMLT training is a 3-phase process, consisting of national training, NATO pre-deployment training, and in-theatre training
  • The following nations have contributed full OMLTs/ETTs (embedded training teams):  Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
  • The following nations have contributed personnel to multinational OMLTs/ETTs: Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom
  • The following nations have offered to field, in the near future, full OMLTs and/or personnel to multinational OMLTs: Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania


  1. At Kandak level they provide company level mentoring personnel that can operate with ANA companies wherever they are required.