Part II Commentaries to Typical Sofa Rules, 11 Dependents
Mette Prassé Hartov
Edited By: Dieter Fleck
- Military assistance — Military matters
This chapter looks at the status provided to dependents under the NATO SOFA and supplementary agreements. The NATO SOFA definition identifies eligible dependents as the spouse of a member of a force or civilian component and children of a member of a force or civilian component when depending on their support. The principal definition excludes all other family members. To compensate for this, the definition has been broadened in supplementary agreements to both the NATO SOFA and to the Paris Protocol, as well as in national legislation. The common feature of these wider definitions is that factual dependents are included in the definition, i.e. persons/relatives who are dependent on the support of a member of the force or a member of a civilian component.