Ground Search and Rescue Academy

Ground Search and Rescue Academy

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28 July 2019 to 4 August 2019

Check-in and equipment inspection will be 28 July 2019 at 0900 hrs, sharp. 
Check-out will be Sunday 4 Aug 2019 at 1230 hours. 

Staff and Cadre arrive 27 July


17 June, 8 pm - Initial registration deadline.
Register by this date to ensure your ability to attend all GSAR Academy events. 

7 July, 8 pm - Extended registration closes 7 July. 
This is absolutely your last date to sign up and there is no guarantee of your acceptance to the Academy. 

To attend as a Basic student and train for the Ground Team Member 3 rating all you need is: 
  • A current CAP membership card 
  •  A CAPF 101 with GES 
  • The required equipment for the Academy 
  •  A desire to learn, practice, and have fun!

This training activity is for cadets and senior officers 
and will be conducted on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) property near Tacoma, Washington. It will be an opportunity to experience a realistic Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) training environment that combines teamwork and individual skills to become proficient in the ground team mission. The academy is conducted almost exclusively in the field environment and proper preparation cannot be overemphasized.

CAP personnel will conduct ground team member training for the purpose of acquiring and maintaining skills in accordance with CAP SQTRs on the topics of ground search and rescue, urban direction finding & WAC 118-04 Core Requirements.

Cost (includes meals and instruction):        

Students:    $ 170     

(use code "STUDENT" to access Student application)

$1 application deposit is required when application is made. Remaining amount will be processed upon acceptance to the Academy. Applicants not selected will not be charged for the remainder and will be refunded their deposit at a later date.

Staff:           $   12 per day attended       

(email to inquire about staff opportunities)

All Adults must complete the Cadet Protection Basic Course before the Academy.   

Basic Course:

  • Goals:  

1.  Instruction on all Ground Team Member (GTM) 3 tasks and Urban Direction Finding (UDF) tasks IAW SQTRS & WAC 118-04 Core Requirement courses (Helicopter Safety & Crime Scene Awareness)

✔ Sign offs for successfully passed evaluations

2.  Leadership & Extensive team building exercises

  • Prerequisites:   

Min. 14 years of age
Current CAPF 101 - with GES rating Current CAP membership card on your person All items on Required Equipment List. Approval of Wing CC for those outside WA Wing – see CAPF 31

Advanced Course:

  • Goals:   

  1. Students will further enhance skills in rescue techniques, land search theory, air to ground coordination, advanced navigation skills including latitude and longitude, casualty evacuation, advanced survival skills, and SAR team training. 

  2. Students will also learn the leadership skills necessary to build ground teams in their home units.   

  3. Students will practice their newly honed skills during several search simulations and spend four days away from base camp on a field training exercise. 

  4. The field training will include extensive hiking with full 72-hour gear. Students will train through the GTM1 level.

  • Prerequisites:   

  1. Same as listed in the basic course above + 

  2. In addition to the Basic Course prerequisites

Current qualification of GTM3 & ability to demonstrate knowledge

CAPF 31, Application for CAP Encampment or Special Activity
CAPF 160, Health History Form CAPF 161, Emergency Information CAPF 163 (cadets only)

to be provided and collected from selected applicants at a later date:
☐ Release - Orientation Rides
☐ Release - Pool

You may apply on a tentative basis if you do not have all your Prerequisites by the deadline, however, applicants with all of their Prerequisites will be accepted immediately. Read the FAQs.

Due to the remoteness of the site and post security policies, there will be no late arrivals/early departures for students.

Check-in and equipment inspection will be 28 July 2019 at 0900 hrs, sharp. 
Check-out will be Sunday 4 Aug 2019 at 1230 hours. 

Your acceptance information will include the location for the start of the encampment. 

Cadet attendance is limited to 35, so apply early! 

Early is on time. On time is late!

Bryan Watson, Major, CAP
Ground Search and Rescue Academy Director

Updates from the Field

  • 2019-3-GSAR Academy Update (Distributed via email on 10-May-19) GSAR Academy - Clarification of RequirementsDue to some confusion, we have revised our webpage   Civil Air Patrol's Washington Wing Ground Search and ...
    Posted May 10, 2019, 10:03 PM by Jessica Jerwa
  • 2019-2-GSAR Academy Update (Distributed via email on 21-Apr-19) GSAR Academy - Sneak Peek Video! Civil Air Patrol's Washington Wing Ground Search and Rescue Academy is for cadets and senior officers and ...
    Posted May 10, 2019, 9:54 PM by Jessica Jerwa
  • 2019-1-GSAR Academy Update (Distributed via email on 6-Apr-19) How to complete GSAR Academy Training Prerequisites   Civil Air Patrol's Washington Wing Ground Search and Rescue Academy is for cadets and senior ...
    Posted Apr 6, 2019, 7:38 AM by Jessica Jerwa
  • 2019-0-GSAR Academy Registration Open (Distributed via email on 26-Mar-19) REGISTRATION IS NOW OPENThis training activity is for cadets and senior officers and will be conducted on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2019, 9:01 PM by Jessica Jerwa
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