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Current Prerequisites for this Course  
Description Requirement
Minimum Age 13
Required before start of event GES
Required before start of event IS-100
Required before start of event IS-700
Required before start of event Encampment preferred for cadets


The Basic Course is an intensive combination of classroom and field training that provides students with the opportunity to complete all requirements for a Basic Ground Team Member rating, including Basic First Aid and Basic Communications User Training. 

The first day training day will include an inspection of each student’s field gear. No student will be allowed to interrupt training to go shopping for new or replacement gear. Students must ensure they arrive with the gear, as specified in the National Emergency Services Academy Gear List. There are no opportunities for students to acquire gear during the activity.  It is imperative that students use the task guide and NESA’s packing list to ensure they have all required gear. 

This course will include overnights in the field, search operations, and cross-country travel.  Students will be required to construct and sleep in field-expedient shelters; no tents are allowed.

Graduation requires completion of 100% of the task requirements. This course will include some overnights in the field, wilderness search operations, cross-country travel, etc. Those completing the course successfully will be eligible for their CAPF 101 ground team qualification (GTM3) and ground team badge.

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