Ground Search and Rescue Academy

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deadline: 16 June 2020 


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26 July 2020 to 2 August 2020

Check-in and equipment inspection will be 26 July 2020 at 0900 hrs, sharp. 
Check-out will be Sunday 2 Aug 2020 at 1230 hours. 

Staff and Cadre arrive 25 July


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

24 June, 8 pm - Extended registration deadline. 
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!

    Check the Requirements page for more detailed information.

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:   $ 180     

(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 60-81

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 60-81, 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 base security policies, there will be no late arrivals/early departures for students.

Check-in and equipment inspection will be 26 July 2020 at 0900 hrs, sharp. 
Check-out will be Sunday 2 Aug 2020 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