WINTER CADET TRAINING SCHOOLS

Coming in March 2020

AVAILABLE COURSES

Advanced Ranger Course (Alpha)

Length: 9 days

Cost:  $350

Skills learned as a Basic Ranger School student will be sharpened learning the advanced skills necessary to excel in the most challenging field conditions and practice those still  Students will graduate as Ground Team Member 1 and Ranger First Class.

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Field Medic Course (Mike)

Length: 9 days

Cost:  $450

This second year course is designed for any cadet who is interested in becoming a Ranger Team Medic. Students will be taught ECSI’s (Emergency Care and Safety Institute) Advanced Wilderness First Aid for the initial curriculum, in conjunction with field sanitation and hygiene training for wilderness operations.

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Field Communicators Course (Whiskey)

Length: 9 days

Cost:  $350

Students will learn the skills required to become CAP Mission Radio Operators (Whiskey I) and Communications Unit Leaders (Whiskey II). Whiskey I students will gain familiarity of both VHF & HF radios, learn mission base & field operations, remote communications relay stations, and communications equipment set up and operation. The culminating three day exercise will include extensive hiking with full equipment supporting schoolwide operations in the field. 

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Ranger Staff Training (Romeo)

Length: 9 days

Cost:  $350

The Ranger Staff training program is for highly motivated cadets and seniors that want to become part of the Staff for Hawk Mountain Ranger School. Students will be put through a 9-day course that will teach effective teaching techniques, safety considerations of staffing NCSAs, in-depth Ranger & ground team skills, how to properly evaluate both, and basic leadership concepts. Students will also learn how to effectively mentor and teach students. A comprehensive and intense 3-day survival and evaluation hike will be conducted.

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Team Commanders Course (Tango)

Length: 9 days

Cost:  $350

The Ranger Team Commanders Course is a mentally and physically tasking course; teaching both cadets and seniors Team Leadership skills in the field environment. The students will find confidence in themselves, their team members, and in the use of their equipment via multiple in-depth training scenarios. This course is built to challenge your comfort zone as a leader and will stretch your limits and training in the field or while on-rappel on our 60+ foot tower.

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Incident Leadership Course (India)

Length: 9 days

Cost:  $350

The overhead team training program is a Ground Branch Director training program. During this 9-day program students will complete all necessary requirements to complete this endeavor. Students will take part in an 18 hour ICS 300 course. The students will also take part in 3-day search exercise during which the students will operate in the field as Ground Branch Directors and place skills learned to the test as a final evaluation.

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Independent Study (X-Ray)

Length: 9 days

Cost:  $350

This course exposes cadet and senior Rangers to the Expert Ranger level of search & rescue, woodsmanship, and survival. Designed to improve knowledge and skills acquired in the Team Commander Course, the Independent Study Course may advance students to Expert Ranger Level.

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Basic Ranger Course (Bravo / Sierra)

Length: 9 days

Cost:  $350

Available for cadets and seniors, Ranger students will hone their ground team member skills while learning fundamental Ranger skills in wilderness search and rescue and survival.  Skills learned will be tested in a 3 day field exercise in some of the most difficult environments in the nation.  Students will graduate as Ground Team Member 3 and Ranger Second Class.

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Aircrew Survival Course (Hotel)

Length: 4 days

Cost:  $250

Learn vital skills essential to any CAP aircrew member for surviving in the event of a crash.  Learn post crash actions, water and land survival, navigation, and recovery actions.

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Hawk Mountain Ranger School


Located in Kempton, Pennsylvania, Hawk Mountain Ranger School is the longest running Search & Rescue School in the nation.  For over 60 years, HMRS has provided some of the best wilderness SAR training to cadets and seniors throughout the country.  HMRS is the most intense and rewarding summer activity that CAP has to offer.  If you have never been to the mountain, now is your chance to become a part of the tradition.  If you have already graduated from a HMRS course, attend again to further your training through more advanced courses. 

The training that you will receive at HMRS is different from that of any other school in CAP.  While the majority of training at most schools takes place in classrooms, here you will learn by doing all of the tasks.  You will spend the duration of the school outside in the same conditions as a real mission.  You will participate in a multi day field training exercise testing all of your acquired skills along with your endurance.

The first several days of the school start at 0545 hrs.  You are led through physical training and the obstacle course.  That is followed by a run or 3 ball soccer.  A variety of classes follows throughout the day, teaching individual skills about equipment and techniques used in team searches, navigation, cutting tools, survival, and woodsmanship skills.  In addition to the practical skills, leadership and character development are emphasized. Students will also have an opportunity to rappel on our 60+ foot tower.  Next,  you will begin the field training exercise.  The last part of the school involves testing, not just to graduate from the school, but also to earn Ranger Grade certifications which include 101 advancement.  Throughout the entire school, you will be challenged to take charge of difficult situations in order to become part of a working team.

The friends you gain will remain close to you for life.  There is a sense of pride, camaraderie, honor, and tradition present at this school.  If you are willing to work hard, the possibilities of what you can accomplish at HMRS are boundless.  Little will be easy at the school, but the challenges will be well worth your while.

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