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Day/Night Land Nav Weekend Training
14 & 15 October 2017
Near DeKalb, Missouri (Near Kansas City, between Atchison and St Joe)

CWG will be offering an open enrollment day/night land navigation course Saturday 14 October and Sunday 15 October 2017.

Cost for the class is $25 per person.

Only pre-registration is accepted for our planning, and so we can print the provided class materials for each student.

Register for this event now: http://centralwar.com/events/TrainingOct17.shtml

This course is suitable for anyone who moves about where there are not roads. If you are not totally comfortable with a map and compass, you spend too much time with GPS and worry it may not always work, or it's been a long time since you had a refresher, this is your opportunity to learn more.

This is not an orienteering course geared for the general outdoorsman, but is specifically designed for teams operating with specific objectives such as military, police, and search & rescue. Communications, planning, teamwork during movement, safe movement at night, and light discipline are all parts of this course. Bring your whole team and learn together!

You must bring:
  • A quality compass, of almost any sort
  • If a USGI lensatic compass, the corresponding protractor or roamer
  • Pace count beads
  • Clothing, footwear and wet/cold weather gear suitable for hiking in the woods
  • Water (bottles or bladder) for hiking in the woods
  • A low powered red or red-filtered flashlight
  • A notebook (waterproof preferred), and pen or pencil for field exercises
NOTE ON COMPASSES: If you are not sure you have a quality compass, contact us to confirm, and discuss what a more suitable one is for your needs.

You are also encouraged to bring a larger notepad to take class notes with, any other land navigation tools you use, a GPS or GNSS-enabled device (including a phone or tablet with a suitable app), night vision, or any other items you use when hiking in the woods or performing your work in such environments.

CWG will provide printed maps, printed classroom materials and handouts, and radios for portions of the field exercise.

Night vision and accessories such as helmets and mounts will be available for rent if there is sufficient interest.

To keep costs down, and since it is near town, food and lodging is not provided. On site tent camping (no RVs) will be available or you may stay in Atchison Kansas, or St Joseph Missouri. Both are about 15 minutes away from the training area.

Bring lunch with you for Saturday. Break time (or static classroom time) will be provided for you to eat.

Time will be provided to go into town for dinner on Saturday, and for you to have breakfast before training starts on Sunday.

Saturday - Start 10 am
  • Brief in, dump camping items, etc.
  • Confirm equipment, fix deficiencies
  • Semi-static field instruction (classroom, but expect to be sitting on the ground or walking short distances, outdoors)
    • Map basics, symbols, scales, grids, and map reading
    • Plotting a grid position onto a map
    • Reading azimuth off a compass
    • Estimating distances
    • Finding your position on a map, reading the grid
    • Finding and using your pace count
    • Terrain association
    • Marching with the compass
    • Movement tactics (hills and obstacles)
    • Teamwork and team movement tactics
  • Late-Lunch/Snack break
  • Issue orders
  • Teams plan, with assistance if needed
  • Teams brief back their plan to cadre, check out radios, last equipment inspection
  • Day exercise. Work as a team to find a brief series of waypoints, quickly, and use radios to confirm right point to HQ, get the next point.
Saturday Evening - Start 7 pm (Note, sunset is 6:42 pm)
  • Night compass practice/familiarization
  • Night dim light/covered light practice
  • Night vision classroom
  • Night vision backyard exercise
  • Night exercise orders issued, teams plan, with assistance as needed
  • Teams brief back their plan to cadre, and if approved go out to the field
  • Night field exercise is like day, but at night. Instructors will be in the field with night vision to assure you stay safe and grade your light discipline.
Sunday Morning - Start 10 am
  • AAR on the evening field exercise, work on any deficiencies or questions
  • Principles and pitfalls of GPS and other GNSS
  • Integrating GPS with your team land nav operations
  • Questions, other topics you wish to bring up
End by appx 1 pm

About CWG

CWG FoF field exercises have little or no explicit instruction, but instead provide an outlet to test your skills and put them and your equipment into practice. While we have fake countries and a backstory, think of this more like a Battalion-level FTX. It's not a paintball game, even when we use airsoft as the simulation system.

Airsoft? Miles? Read more about our simulation systems: http://centralwar.com/systems/

Our staff have been doing related "game" and formal exercises, as well as training in firearms, small unit tactics, communications, night vision, land navigation, orders writing, leadership development, woodland survival, and more for over a decade. We are certified firearms instructors, outdoorsmen, and current and former US soldiers.

Find out more about CWG and register for training exercises at http://centralwar.com/
For any questions, please contact info@centralwar.com
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