Military Land Navigation

The U.S. military values mission success.  But you can’t accomplish your mission if you’re lost.  Our mission at True North, then, is to keep you Oscar Mike.

Our Military Land Navigation course is designed for military personnel and recruits, especially those preparing for upcoming advanced assessment and selection, so that they can pass the land navigation elements with confidence.  Previous clients include those heading to U.S. Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS), Ranger Assessment and Selection (RASP), Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS), and U.S. Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance.  Our twofold goal at True North, then, is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to navigate in remote and austere locations, and the confidence to pass the land navigation phase of assessment.

Elias H., US Army, Active Duty.

We offer this training in two formats. Either as a multi-day course that we offer on our Schedule, or as private instruction that can be run (for one or more clients) in various timeframes to best accommodate your needs, goals, and budget.  Regardless, your training will begin with the fundamentals then gradually become more challenging and advanced.  Amongst the many other topics that you will study during an ongoing mix of various “classroom” and skill sessions, 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.

Given the scope and nature of this course, group programs listed on our Schedule are run as an overnight, weekend class. It will also provide you the opportunity to learn additional outdoor and survival skills, many of which you’ll recognize should you attend SERE training.

Here is an overview of the group program:

  • Course Duration: 3-Days / 2- Nights (approximately 20 hours of instruction).
  • Tuition: $600  (please note that this fee already reflects our Military Discount).
  • Maximum Group Size: 8
  • Start / End Times: Friday, 0900 hours until Sunday, 1200 hours.
  • Location: Quebec Run Wild Area (see below for more detail).
  • 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.

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. 

Check Out these Answers to Commonly Asked Questions:

Do private clients receive a military discount?  Yes, all military personnel receive a discount for this training.

What happens when I register?   One of our instructors will personally follow up with you regarding your contact information, basic medical information (for safety purposes), and our waiver.  Then 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, general driving directions.  For an overview of the gear list now, check it out further down.

What about the Novel Coronavirus?  As part of our continuing effort at True North to protect our clients (and to help you protect those around you, whether at home, at work, or in your community), we will be following Center for Disease Control recommended guidelines to minimize the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  So, among other steps, we will provide hand sanitizer and we will be using face coverings during those times when we are within six (6) feet of each other.  In turn, our land navigation classes have always been small (less than 10 clients) and are run entirely outdoors.  We will discuss protocols at the trailhead before your training begins.  If your class needs to be cancelled due to a government mandated stay-at-home order, then your payment will be fully refunded.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us, if you have any health concerns or questions.

Quebec Run Wild Area – Click to enlarge.

Where is Quebec Run Wild Area located?  Quebec Run Wild Area is a 7,441 acre reserve within Forbes State Forest, located roughly 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, along the West Virginia border.

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 that will be included with the course information sheet (just “click” on the image to enlarge) when you register.

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.