Basic Military Land Navigation

Our Basic Military Land Navigation course is geared towards service personal or recruits with little to no prior land navigation training who are preparing for an upcoming assessment that requires this crucial skill.

This course is designed to benefit a mix of clients and their respective goals.  The bulk of our clients are heading to U.S. Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS), Ranger Assessment and Selection (RASP), or Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS), but we’ve also worked with Sailors and Marines preparing for their Basic Reconnaissance Course and federal agents getting ready for a special operations group selection.  We’ve also worked with pilots and officers who wish to refresh or improve their skills.

This course has two primary goals.  The first is to provide you the skills and knowledge to pass the land navigation phases of your upcoming assessment with confidence.   The second is to provide you the mindset and ability to function wherever your mission requires.

Elias H., US Army, Active Duty.

We offer this training in two formats. Either as a 2-Day / 1-Night open-registration course that we post on our Schedule, or as private instruction that can be run for one or more clients in various timeframes to best accommodate their needs, goals, timeframes, and budget.  Regardless, your training will begin with the fundamentals then gradually become more challenging and advanced as you move through various Crawl, Walk, and Run phases.

Among the many topics that you will study during an ongoing mix of various “classroom” and field sessions, you will learn about:

  • Understanding a topographic map.
  • Using a mil-spec lensatic compass.
  • Using a protractor.
  • Adjusting for declination.
  • Route planning.
  • Navigating techniques using dead-reckoning and terrain association.
  • Tools such as pace counting, hand-rails, boxing-out, and intersection and resection.
  • Introduction to Night navigation.
  • Coordinate systems (UTM & MGRS)
  • Navigation psychology.

Here is an overview of the open-registration, group program:

  • Course Duration: 2-Day / 1- Night (approximately 18 hours of instruction).
  • Fee: $650  (please note that this fee already reflects our Military Discount).
  • Maximum Group Size: 10
  • Start / End Times: Saturday, 09:00 hours until Sunday, 16:00 hours.
  • Location: Quebec Run Wild Area (see below for more detail).
  • Description of Physical Difficulty – Moderate to Strenuous:  This course involves hiking with laden backpacks over varying distances at a steady pace over varying terrain that will include off-trail sections, rough spots, unexpected obstacles, and low to steep terrain inclines and declines.  This course is conducted in varying weather conditions, including hot, cold, humid, rain, and snow, or a mixed combination.  This is a physically challenging course so it is best suited for those in very good physical condition and ready for a fast paced day.
  • Description of Instructors’ Expectation:  Our instructors are well known for their teaching skill, patience, and ability to adapt to each individual client’s particular needs and learning styles.  Our instructors also expect that each client will adhere to the high personal and professional standard that is, or will be, demanded of them as a military professional.
  • Overnight Accommodation:  You can chose to either spend the night in the woods with your instructor or stay in a local hotel.

If you would like to consider private training for yourself or your group, contact us so that we can offer you options and issues to consider, like pricing and availability, even online coaching. 

Commonly Asked Questions:

Is this course open to LEOs?  This training is also available to all sworn law enforcement professionals.  Prior clients include federal agents preparing for their agency’s special operation group as well as members of state and municipal special response teams who are looking to broaden their skill base.

What happens when I register?   We will personally follow up with you to explain the steps needed to finalize your booking.  Once we receive your completed forms, we will send you a detailed course information sheet which will contain all of the applicable details, like required and recommended gear, exact gathering point, and general driving directions.

What about the Coronavirus?  True North continues to follow all Center for Disease Control and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines to minimize transmission of COVID.

Quebec Run Wild Area – Click to enlarge.

Where is Quebec Run Wild Area located?  Quebec Run Wild Area is a 7,441 acre preserve within Forbes State Forest, located roughly 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, along the West Virginia border, on the western edge of the Appalachian Mountains.  The vegetation, terrain, and climate spans the mix from open, easy, and pleasant to dense, strenuous, and harsh.  This training area, then, provides an appropriate learning environment from the novice to highly skilled — Which is probably why Quebec Run is also used by the U.S. special operations community to conduct its own assessments.

Are bathroom facilities available during the course? Since Quebec Run is a designated “wilderness area” there is no infrastructure whatsoever, including toilets.  Besides, if you are interested in this course in the first place, I’m sure you’d feel let down if we answered “Yes.”

What kind of gear do I need to bring?  After you register for the course, True North will send you a course information sheet which will contain all of the program details, including gear.

If you would like a sense of what is required, or optional gear to consider, then check out the equipment list in the right margin.

However, since one of our course goals is to teach you about various gear, plus offer you a chance to “test drive” it before you buy it, if you don’t have an item, don’t necessarily feel compelled to buy it right away … especially if it’s expensive.  Instead, contact us to see if we can loan you an item or make a recommendation for purchase.

To learn more, contact us at your convenience.