Military Land Navigation

This course is designed for U.S. military personnel preparing for an upcoming assessment and selection so that they can pass the land navigation elements with confidence.

Our Military Land Navigation course is designed for those who have committed themselves to a tactics and leadership course, or other formal training program, where land navigation is, not just an essential skill, but very often used by instructors to eliminate candidates.  Previous clients include those heading off to Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS), Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS) and Officer Candidate School (OCS).  Our twofold goal at True North, then, is to provide our clients with both the skills and knowledge to allow them to navigate in remote and austere locations and the confidence to pass the land navigation phase of assessment.

This course is taught over two days in multiple evolutions which will begin with the fundamentals and gradually become more advanced.  Amongst many other topics, you will learn about:

  • Topographic map reading (initial emphasis on 1:25000 scale).
  • 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.
  • Night navigation.
  • Coordinate systems (UTM & MGRS)
  • Celestial considerations.
  • Navigation psychology.

Location of Quebec Run Wild Area

Given the scope and nature of this course, it will be run as an overnight program at our Quebec Run Wild Area training area in the Laurel Highlands, approximately 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, per our commercial permit with the Pennsylvania DCNR.  It will provide you the opportunity to learn additional outdoor skills, such as shelter and fire craft, as well as obtaining potable water.  As a consequence, you will need to bring appropriate gear and supplies.

Program Details:

  • Course Duration: Approximately 20 hours of instruction.
  • Start / End Times: Friday, 1000 hours until Sunday, 1200 hours.
  • Cost: $750  (Please note that this fee already reflects our Military Discount).
  • Course Size: Minimum 4; Maximum 8.
  • Location: Quebec Run Wild Area.

Please note that this program can be taught in a one-on-one private format to best accommodate your needs, goals, schedule, and budget.  To learn more, contact us at your convenience.

After registering for the course, you will receive a course information sheet which will contain all of the applicable details, like required and recommended gear, exact location, driving directions, etc.

Description of the Level of Physical Difficulty – Advanced:  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.

Check Out these Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

Are bathroom facilities available during the courseSince Quebec Run is a designated “wilderness area” there is no infrastructure whatsoever, including toilets.  Relax, before we set out into the wild woods, we’ll teach you what’s needed to feel just like you are at home … Almost.

Military Land Navigation – Equipment List

What kind of gear do I need to bring?  True North will provide all of the needed training supplies, including maps and compasses.  You will need to bring a shelter, bedding, cooking gear, food, appropriate clothing for conditions, etc.

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.If you would like a better sense of what additional gear that you need to bring on the course, or optional gear to consider, then check out the equipment list that will be included with the course information sheet (just “click” on the image to enlarge) when you register.