WAWG Ground Search and Rescue Academy



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  • Deadline: 1 JULY 22

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24 July 2022 0900 hrs


31 July 2022 at 1230 hrs

(Staff arrive 23 July 2022 and will follow separate reporting instructions)

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To attend as a Basic student and train for the Ground Team Member 3 rating all you need is:

  • A current CAP membership card

  • A CAPF 101 with GES

  • The required equipment for the Academy

  • A desire to learn, practice, and have fun!

Check the Requirements page for more detailed information.

This training activity is for cadets and senior officers and will be conducted on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) property near Tacoma, Washington. It will be an opportunity to experience a realistic Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) training environment that combines teamwork and individual skills to become proficient in the ground team mission. The academy is conducted almost exclusively in the field environment and proper preparation cannot be overemphasized.

CAP personnel will conduct ground team member training for the purpose of acquiring and maintaining skills in accordance with CAP SQTRs on the topics of ground search and rescue, urban direction finding & WAC 118-04 Core Requirements.

Email gsara@wawg.cap.gov for more info!

Course Information

Ground Search and Rescue Academy

  1. Basic - $ 180

  2. Advanced - $ 180

  3. Wilderness First Aid $250

Basic Course


1. Instruction on all Ground Team Member (GTM) 3 tasks and Urban Direction Finding (UDF) tasks IAW SQTRs & WAC 118-04 Core Requirement courses (Helicopter Safety & Crime Scene Awareness)

  • ✔ Sign offs for successfully passed evaluations

2. Leadership & Extensive team building exercises


  • Min. 14 years of age

  • Current CAPF 101 - with GES rating

  • Current CAP membership card on your person

  • All items on Required Equipment List

  • All members 18 and OLDER on 23 JULY 2022 must complete the Cadet Protection Basic Course before the Academy.

  • Approval of unit commander to attend.

  • Non WAWG-members must have approval from their Wing Commander and possibly their Region Commander.

Advanced Course


  1. Students will further enhance skills in rescue techniques, land search theory, air to ground coordination, advanced navigation skills including latitude and longitude, casualty evacuation, advanced survival skills, and SAR team training.

  2. Students will also learn the leadership skills necessary to build ground teams in their home units.

  3. Students will practice their newly honed skills during several search simulations and will spend four days away from base camp on a field training exercise.

  4. The field training will include extensive hiking with full 72-hour gear. Students will train through the GTM1 level.


  • Same as listed in the basic course above

  • Current qualification of GTM3 & ability to demonstrate knowledge

Wilderness First Responder Course


  1. Students will spend 10-12 hours per day focusing on Wilderness First Responder Curriculum including practical application of their knowledge.

  2. Successful completion results in a related qualification.


  • Similar to what is listed in the Basic course above. The difference is that the minimum age is 16.

  • Current qualification of GTM3 & ability to demonstrate knowledge


CAPF 60-81, Application for CAP Encampment or Special Activity

CAPF 160 (I), Health History Form

CAPF 161 (I), Emergency Information

CAPF 163 (cadets only)

You may apply on a tentative basis if you do not have all your prerequisites by the deadline. Although, ICUT, Basic First Aid, CPR, CAPT 117 and FEMA ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800 are highly recommended.

Due to the remoteness of the site and base security policies, there will be no late arrivals/early departures for WAWG members. Out of state members must coordinate travel only in accordance with their acceptance package.

Check-in and equipment inspection will be 24 July 2022 at 0900 hrs, sharp. Check-out will be Sunday 31 July 2022 at 1230 hours. Plan 30 minutes for the Academy's final formation for family, guardians, etc.

Your acceptance information will include the location for the start of the encampment.

Student attendance is limited to 35, apply early!

Bryan Watson, Major, CAP

Ground Search and Rescue Academy Director