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Current Prerequisites for this Course



All participants

Members in good standing

Required before start of event

Completion of Achievement 1 (Cadets) or Level 1 (Senior Members)

Required before start of event

Completion of General ES

Required before start of event

Completion of NSSE medical form



The Basic Course Is An In-Depth Laboratory Combining Classroom And Field Training That Provides Students With The Opportunity To Complete All Requirements For A Basic Ground Team Member Rating, Including Basic First Aid And Basic Communications User Training. 

The first day training day will include an inspection of each student’s field gear. No student will be allowed to interrupt training to go shopping for new or replacement gear. Students must ensure they arrive with the gear, as specified in the Equipment section of their intended course. There are no opportunities for students to acquire gear during the activity.  It is imperative that students use the task guide and this website to ensure they have all required gear. 

This course will include overnights in the field, search operations, and cross-country travel.  Students will be required to construct and sleep in field-expedient shelters; no tents are allowed.

Graduation requires completion of 100% of the task requirements. Those completing the course successfully will be eligible for their CAPF 101 ground team qualification (GTM3) and basic ground team badge.




This activity is conducted in "field conditions." Uniforms and equipment should be maintained for the environment and weather conditions.
Lodging includes restroom facilities. Males and females will be quartered in separately. All personnel will be supervised during their stay. 
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Transportation during the activity will be provided as necessary utilizing Civil Air Patrol vehicles. 

 Transportation to and from this activity is not the responsibility of CAP and is provided "as available”. Limited transportation during the activity may be provided. Privately owned vehicles(POVs) traveling to or from such activity is performed solely at the risk of the individual CAP members and their passengers. CAP assumes no right of control, liability or responsibility for such transportation (reference CAPR 77-1, Operation and Maintenance of Civil Air Patrol Vehicles, para 1-8 b.).


Meals are not included in this course. Participants must arrive with enough nonperishable food items for the duration of the training. 

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