Participant Requirements

All participants must be cadets or senior members in good standing and meet the following requirements:
 
Basic GSAR
(GTM3)
Advanced GSAR (GTM2/MRO)
Team Leader 
(GTL/UDF)
Wilderness Advanced First Aid
Aircrew 
(MS/MO/MP)
Achievement 1 
(cadets)
Achievement 1 
(cadets)
Achievement 1 
(cadets)
Achievement 1
(cadets)
Achievement 1 
(cadets)
Level 1 
(senior members)
Level 1 
(senior members)
Level 1 
(senior members)
Level 1 
(senior members)
Level 1 
(senior members)
General ES General ES   General ES   General ES   General ES  
WESS medical form WESS medical form WESS medical form WESS medical form WESS medical form
OPSEC OPSEC OPSEC OPSEC OPSEC
GTM-3 GTM-3 GTM-3 18 Years Old
18 Years Old 15 Years Old

 

 Cost

The fee covers the entire cycle.  This money is used to provide all the training materials for the participants
and is due at the first event.
  • $10 activity fee for all staff members.
  • $25 activity fee for all GSAR and Aircrew participants.
  • $80 fee for Wilderness Advanced First Aid.

Gear

Tools of the Trade(also refer to: Gear Requirements and Explanation)

In general, there is concern over the amount of equipment that must be purchased in order to participate. 
The following details a list of equipment that is necessary to participate in the training.  Each individual must have all the equipment listed in task O-0001 in order to graduate.  However, not all the equipment is required up front; we try to limit the amount of equipment that is required to participate in the first few weekends. After participating in ES training, many individuals decide that emergency services activities simply d0 not interest them. Consequently, new (and possibly unused equipment) goes to waste.  

However, if ES activities do interest them, participants can acquire equipment over time, as they complete their training. 
Most of this equipment can be purchased relatively inexpensively through military surplus and discount stores.
 
 
 

Required List

GSAR Courses  Aircrew Courses   Wilderness Advanced First Aid Course  Mission Management Course / MRO 
  • 1 complete utility uniform (ABUs, BDUs, Blue Utility Uniform), including all required name tapes and patches, cutouts, and grade insignia in accordance with CAPM 39-1
  • Uniform cap 
  • Combat boots, at least one pair (well broken in)
  • Blue belt w/subdued tip and buckle for wear w/ ABU or BDUs
  • Coat appropriate for climate
  • Underclothes and socks sufficient for three days
  • Toilet kit, including: soap & toothbrush (in cases), toothpaste, razor and shaving cream (as necessary), comb or brush (as necessary), items of feminine hygiene (as necessary), deodorant or antiperspirant, shampoo, other items as necessary (enough to last you for your entire stay).
  • At least two quarts of water (in canteens or hydration pack)
  • International orange reflective vest
  • Pocket knife and whistle
  • Poncho or raincoat appropriate for wet weather
  • Flashlight (With Red Lens)
  • Pocket note pad (3" x 5"), pen and pencil.
  • Inexpensive wristwatch.
  • Shelter material, preferably 8'x 10' (spare military poncho meets the need).
  • Food for two days
  • Sleeping bag, bedroll or poncho liner
  • Compass (Lensatic type for Basic GSAR, Orienteering type for Advanced GSAR)
  • One pair clear plastic safety glasses
  • One pair leather work gloves
  • Complete Utility Uniform (ABUs, BDUs, Blue Utility Uniform, USAF Style Flight Suit, or CAP Blue Flight Suit) including head gear, all required name tapes and patches, cutouts, and grade insignia in accordance with CAPM 39-1. (Golf Shirt & Grey Slacks combination is not authorized.) 
  • Underclothes and socks sufficient for three days
  • Outerwear Clothing and footwear appropriate for spending many hours outdoors in prevailing seasonal weather conditions. 
  • Toiletry/Shower Kit: Toothbrush (in cases), Toothpaste, Razor and Shaving Cream (as necessary), Comb or Brush (as necessary), items of feminine hygiene (as necessary), Deodorant or antiperspirant, Soap, Shampoo, Towel other items as necessary (enough to last you for your entire stay). 
  • 2 Breakfast Meals (Minimal preparation needed. No open flames are allowed at WESS facilities, but there is electricity for small teapots, etc) 
  • $5 cash for lunch 
  • Atlanta, Memphis, & New Orleans VFR Sectional Charts.  Need not be current (actual paper charts required i.e. not electronic, not on iPad, etc)
  • Sectional Plotter 
  • General Aviation Headset 
  • Kneeboard / Cockpit Organizer Highly Recommended 
  • Pens, Pencil, Notebook/pad 
  • Flashlight (preferably hands free / head mounted) 
  • Sleeping bag & Pillow 
  • Refillable water bottle
  • 1 complete utility uniform (ABUs, BDUs, Blue Utility Uniform), including all required name tapes and patches, cutouts, and grade insignia in accordance with CAPM 39-1
  • Uniform cap
  • Combat boots, at least one pair (well broken in)
  • Blue belt w/subdued tip and buckle for wear w/ ABUs or BDUs
  • Coat appropriate for climate
  • Underclothes and socks sufficient for three days
  • Toilet kit, including: soap & toothbrush (in cases), toothpaste, razor and shaving cream (as necessary), comb or brush (as necessary), items of feminine hygiene (as necessary), deodorant or antiperspirant, shampoo, other items as necessary (enough to last you for your entire stay).
  • At least two quarts of water
  • International orange reflective vest
  • Pocket knife
  • Flashlight (With Red Lens)
  • Pocket note pad (3" x 5"), pen and pencil.
  • Inexpensive wristwatch.
  • Food for two days
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Complete Utility Uniform (ABUs, BDUs, Blue Utility Uniform) including head gear, all required name tapes and patches, cutouts, and grade insignia in accordance with CAPM 39-1. (Golf Shirt & Grey Slacks combination is not authorized.) 
  • Underclothes and socks sufficient for three days 
  • Outerwear Clothing and footwear appropriate for spending many hours outdoors in prevailing seasonal weather conditions. 
  • Toiletry/Shower Kit: Toothbrush (in cases), Toothpaste, Razor and Shaving Cream (as necessary), Comb or Brush (as necessary), items of feminine hygiene (as necessary), Deodorant or antiperspirant, Soap, Shampoo, Towel other items as necessary (enough to last you for your entire stay). 
  • 2 Breakfast Meals (Minimal preparation needed. No open flames are allowed at WESS facilities, but there is electricity for small teapots, etc) 
  • Food for two days
  • Pens, Pencil, Notebook/pad 
  • Flashlight (preferably hands free / head mounted) 
  • Sleeping bag & Pillow (power is available at each sleeping locations)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Personal laptop recommended