Ground Search and Rescue Academy

Students 26 July - 2 August 2015
(Staff arrives 25 July)

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

Registration Deadline: 25 June 2015

This activity will be conducted on Ft. Lewis property near Tacoma, Washington. It will be an opportunity to experience a realistic Ground SAR 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 over emphasized.

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


1.  Instruction on all GTM3 tasks, UDF tasks, & WAC 118-04 Core Requirement courses (Helicopter Safety & Crime Scene Awareness) and 

     q  Sign offs for successfully passed evaluations

2.  Leadership & Extensive team building exercises

3.  Introduction to ropes course safety, rigging, controlled descent/ascent

4.  Offered the opportunity for additional instruction & sign offs on PA Ranger 3rd class

Basic Course Prerequisites:

q  Min. 14 years of age
q  CAPF-101 with GES 116 rating and trainee status for both GTM3 and UDF or better (http://wta.wawg.cap.gov/how-to-get-your-101-card)    
q  FEMA IS 100700
q  Current First Aid/CPR certification – American Heart or Red Cross only (no online certifications!)
q  All items on Required Equipment List
q  Be physically prepared – This academy requires extensive foot travel with your SAR Pack through all kinds of natural terrain - See Page 2 


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.  Students will have an opportunity to rappel and participate in steep terrain evacuation operations.  

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 and Ranger 1st Class.  

Advanced Course Prerequisites: 

    Same as listed in the basic course above +

    q  Current qualification of GTM3 & ability to demonstrate knowledge
    q  An interview, a written test and a physical fitness test may be conducted by our staff prior to acceptance.

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

Your acceptance information will include the check-in time and location for the start of the encampment.

Attendance is limited, so apply early! 

You may apply on a tentative basis if you do not have all your Prerequisites by the deadline, but they MUST be satisfied no later than July 10, 2015 to hold your spot!

Pay careful attention to all forms to fill out and application procedures.

Lt. Col. Teresia Sayler

Washington Wing ES - Ground SAR Training Officer


Staff Check-In:             
Saturday, 25 July 2015

Student Check-In:        Sunday, 26 July 2015

Check-in times to be sent via email once your registration is confirmed. 

                Sunday, 2 August, 2015 @ 1200 hrs

Joint Base Lewis-McChord
                Fort Lewis Main - Visitor's Center Parking Lot
                Exit 20 off I-5
                See map at right

Cost:                            $150.00 - Students
                                    $75.00 - Staff
                Check or Money Order payable to: Civil Air Patrol

                Non-Washington Wing attendees send money order

Review the Application Procedures.

Download the entire Registration Info Packet and Forms.

Send the forms below with your payment no later than 25 June 2015, to:

Washington Wing Civil Air Patrol
GSAR Academy
P.O. Box 4459
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98438

Make check or money order payable to: Civil Air Patrol

Student Trainees submit copies of: 
  1. CAPF-101 Card (How to get your 101), showing:
    - GES 116 or higher
    - Trainee Status for both GTM-3 and UDF, or better
    - ICUT (How to get your ICUT qualification) 
    - FEMA courses: IS 100, IS 700
    - Driver's License (Senior Members, if you have it)
  2. Current First Aid/CPR Card - no online course cards accepted!
  3. CAPF-31 Must be signed by Squadron Commander. Non-Washington applicants must be approved by Wing Commander.
  4. CAPF-160 
  5. CAPF-161 
  6. Health Questionnaire
  7. Hold Harmless Agreement 
  8. Refund Policy
  9. CAPF-32 (Cadets Only)
  10. CAPF-163 (Cadets Only)
Staff Applicants

  1. All staff applicants must include items 1-10 above. Senior Member staff my omit 9 & 10.
  2. Cover letter with desired staff position:
    a. DFAC Staff
    b. Safety, Communications, PIO/Photographer
    c. Assistant Instructors – based on qualifications/experience

You may apply on a tentative basis if you do not have all your prerequisites by the deadline, but they MUST be satisfied no later than July 10, 2015 to hold your spot.

Bring with you to GSAR Academy: 
  • CAP Membership Card (or temporary from eServices)
  • CAPF-101 Card with required qualifications
  • See Required Equipment List


Fort Lewis Main - Visitors Center, Exit 20