Team Leader

Ground TeamThe Ground Search and Rescue Team Leader Course


  • Members in good standing
  • Prerequisites: 
    • Completion of Achievement (Cadets) or Level 1 (Senior Members),
    • Completion of General ES,
    • Completion of GTM-3
    • Completion of WESS medical form, and
    • A minimum of 18 years old.

Course Details

  When & Where

7-9 Dec 2018
11-13 Jan 2019
8-10 Feb 2019
8-10 Mar 2019
12-14 Apr 2019
10-12 May 2019

Ground Team Leader

 Tuition Fee

$25.00 Students

 Registration Form




This activity is conducted in "field conditions." Uniforms and equipment should be maintained for the environment and weather conditions. 
Lodging includes restroom facilities. Males and females will be quartered in separately. All personnel will be supervised during their stay.  


Transportation during the activity will be provided as necessary utilizing Civil Air Patrol vehicles. 

Advisory Transportation to and from this activity is not the responsibility of CAP and is provided "as available”. Limited transportation during the activity may be provided. Privately owned vehicles(POVs) traveling to or from such activity is performed solely at the risk of the individual CAP members and their passengers. CAP assumes no right of control, liability or responsibility for such transportation (reference CAPR 77-1,  Operation  and Maintenance of Civil Air Patrol Vehicles, para 1-8 b.).


Meals are not included in this course. All participants must arrive with enough nonperishable food items to sustain through the duration of the course. 

 Uniform Of The Day


The Team Leader Course Is An In-Depth Laboratory Of Classroom And Field Training That Provides Students With The Opportunity To Complete All Requirements For A Ground Team Leader (GTL) Rating.

Students will spend several hours of each day learning the academic course material, and several hours of each day working on the practical fieldwork.  In the field, students must wear their 24-hour gear at all times; students will also walk significant distances in extreme heat and sudden storms. Physical fitness and readiness for these conditions must be appropriate prior to arrival at the school. Team Leader students will be expected to set the example in all, including morning formations, timeliness, and positive attitudes.

Graduation requires completion of 100% of the task requirements as listed on the Ground Team Leader Specialty Qualification Training Record (SQTR). While some students may have several tasks completed from previous training, all students are required to demonstrate proficiency in all tasks listed on the GTL SQTR to graduate this course.  Attendance at the Team Leader course and completion of all tasks does not always guarantee certification. At times, a student will need more experience than can be provided in a one-week intensive course. These students will be given credit for their task completions but will need to spend additional time working with qualified trainers in their state to gain more experience prior to full certification. 
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.  All Team Leader students are required to stay on post during the course week.

Entrance-testing of students in the use of a compass, equipment check (24 & 72 hr Gear) and use of direction finding equipment is required.  Students who cannot successfully complete these tasks may be re-assigned to either the Basic or Advanced GSAR Schools.

There are no opportunities for students to acquire gear during the activity.  It is imperative that students use the task guide and this website to ensure they have all required gear. 

Those completing the course successfully will be eligible for their CAPF 101 ground team qualification (GTM1, GTM2, UDF, GTL) and senior ground team badge. It is required that all team leader candidates arrive having already completed Basic First Aid and Basic Communications User Training. Students will not be qualified as Ground Team Leaders unless they have had these at some point
Equipment List


Tools of the Trade
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.


Equipment List

▢ 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
▢ One pair of 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.