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deadline: 16 June 2020






How does COVID-19 affect your registration?


The CAP National Commander has directed the GSAR Academy to make a determination as to whether the activity will take place no later than 45 days prior to the Academy’s start. The Washington Wing Commander and Academy staff will discuss the situation 50 days prior to the Academy start date.

    • 50 days prior is 6 June 2020

    • 45 days prior is 11 June 2020

    • Academy start 26 July 2020

To meet the requirements of the decision-making process, the following events will occur:

    1. No later than 50 days prior registrants will be contacted to ensure intent to participate

    2. 50 days prior will be the last day to register

    3. No later than 45 days prior to an announcement will be made as to the decision via email and on the GSAR Academy website

    4. In the event of cancellation, any monies accepted will be returned to the registrants

    5. In the event the Academy will take place the registration fees will be billed and we will move forward

Be aware there may be changes to the standard operation of the Academy due to Federal, State, Local, and military base requirements. Stay tuned.


26 July 2020 to 2 August 2020

Check-in and equipment inspection will be 26 July 2020 at 0900 hrs, sharp.

Check-out will be Sunday 2 Aug 2020 at 1230 hours.

Staff and Cadre arrive 25 July

DEADLINE...HAS CHANGED!!! See announcement above

6 June, 8 pm - Registration deadline.

Register by this date to ensure your ability to attend all GSAR Academy events.

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

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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.

Cost (includes meals and instruction):

Students: $ 180

(use code "STUDENT" to access Student application)

$1 application deposit is required when application is made. Remaining amount will be processed upon acceptance to the Academy. Applicants not selected will not be charged for the remainder and will be refunded their deposit at a later date.

Staff: $ 12 per day attended

(email bryan.watson@wawg.cap.gov to inquire about staff opportunities)

All Adults must complete the Cadet Protection Basic Course before the Academy.

Basic Course:

    • Goals:

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

    • Prerequisites:

☐ Min. 14 years of age

☐ Current CAPF 101 - with GES rating ☐ Current CAP membership card on your person ☐ All items on Required Equipment List. ☐ Approval of Wing CC for those outside WA Wing – see CAPF 60-81

Advanced Course:

    • Goals:

    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 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.

    • Prerequisites:

    1. Same as listed in the basic course above +

    2. In addition to the Basic Course prerequisites

☐ Current qualification of GTM3 & ability to demonstrate knowledge


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

CAPF 160, Health History Form ☐ CAPF 161, Emergency Information ☐ CAPF 163 (cadets only)

to be provided and collected from selected applicants at a later date:

☐ Release - Orientation Rides

☐ Release - Pool

You may apply on a tentative basis if you do not have all your Prerequisites by the deadline, however, applicants with all of their Prerequisites will be accepted immediately. Read the FAQs.

Due to the remoteness of the site and base security policies, there will be no late arrivals/early departures for students.

Check-in and equipment inspection will be 26 July 2020 at 0900 hrs, sharp.

Check-out will be Sunday 2 Aug 2020 at 1230 hours.

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

Cadet attendance is limited to 35, so apply early!

Early is on time. On time is late!

Bryan Watson, Major, CAP

Ground Search and Rescue Academy Director


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