2019-1-GSAR Academy Update

posted Apr 5, 2019, 8:27 PM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Apr 6, 2019, 7:38 AM ]

(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 officers and will be conducted on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) property near Tacoma, Washington. 

Over the next few weeks, you will continue to receive updates to assist you with your application and academy preparation.

Take note!

  • You may apply on a tentative basis if you do not have all your Prerequisites by the initial deadline (30-Apr-19). 
  • Applicants with all of their Prerequisites will be accepted immediately. 
  • After the initial deadline, remaining slots will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis.
  • We have a limit of 35 cadet students.   
  • Make sure to read the Registration and Requirements FAQs on our website.

Basic Course:
  • Prerequisites:   

Min. 14 years of age
Current CAPF 101 - with GES rating and trainee status for both GTM3 and UDF or better (Click the link to visit the Wing website's "How to get your 101 card" help page)  
CAP Radio Operators Authorization (ICUT cert is online - eServices + in-person eval) (Do you know your Squadron Communications Officer? If not, you need to find out who it is. They will help you with ICUT and they have the resources and expertise you need get through the ICUT qualifications.) 

ICS 100, 700 (Click the link to visit the Wing website's "How to get your 101 card" help page, which has links to both ICS 100 and 700 courses)    
☐ Current First Aid/CPR certification (uploaded to eServices) American Heart or Red Cross only
(no online certifications!)
Current CAP membership card on your person
All items on Required Equipment List.
(Make sure to start planning for this now!)
  Approval of Wing CC for those outside WA Wing – see CAPF 31

Advanced Course:
  • 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

Visit the GSAR Academy Website to Register Now

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Maj Bryan Watson, CAP
WAWG Ground Search and Rescue Academy Director
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary