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.
▢ 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
▢ This includes a uniform cap (only ABU cap is authorized for the ABU uniform)
▢ 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 the 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
▢ Wet weather clothing (poncho, rain parka, or raincoat)
▢ Flashlight (With Red Lens)
▢ Pocket notepad (3" x 5"), pen and pencil.
▢ Inexpensive wristwatch.
▢ Shelter building material (approx. 8'x 10' tarp or military poncho).
▢ Food for two days
▢ Sleeping bag, bedroll or poncho liner
▢ One pair clear plastic safety glasses
pair leather work gloves
▢ Compass (
Lensatic type for Basic GSAR, Orienteering type for Advanced GSAR)
▢ Backpack to carry gear to the field.
▢ GTL students will receive additional equipment requirements prior to first WESS weekend.