This course is a continuation of the Basic Course. In that course you achieved the GTM3 qualification, Advanced builds on that knowledge. This week you will learn all the tasks necessary to achieve up to GTM1. You will be challenged mentally and physically while learning the basics of being a Ground Team Leader by helping and leading others while on a mission. In the Basic Course, you learned how important your buddy is to your survival, in the Advanced Course you will build camaraderie and see how important team work is to a successful mission. You will practice your newly learned skills during several search simulations and several crash scenes spending much of your time away from mission base on field training exercises. During this time, you will be tasked with leading a team of basics. Those completing the course successfully will be eligible for the beret with the Michigan flash.
To apply for Advance Course you must:
● Must have completed SAR Academy Basic Course (equivalent courses will be accepted on situational basis)
● Currently qualified as a Ground Team Member –Level Three
● Current CAP membership
● Current First Aid / CPR card
● Be able to complete the minimum standards of the Field Readiness Test prior to arriving for the course.
The Advanced Course Field Readiness Test (FRT) will be conducted in no more than 2hrs. It will consist of six events, failure of any one event will result in failure of the entire test.
Three calisthenics exercises are evaluated, each with specific time parameters and specific exercise form mechanics. All members will exercise to either muscle failure or time completion, whichever occurs first. The intent is to have members do as many “good form” repetitions in the time allotted or when muscle failure is reached. A 3-minute rest will be given between each calisthenics exercise. Those repetitions done without proper form will not be counted.
1. Push-ups: 1 Minute (Minimum 40 repetitions) Push-ups are a two-count exercise. Starting position is hands, shoulder width apart, with arms straight and directly below the chest on the surface; the legs are extended, back and legs remain straight. Count one; lower the chest until the elbows are bent at a 90-degree or lower angle. Count two; return to the starting position. The only authorized rest position is the starting position. If the knees touch the ground the exercise is terminated. The member will not raise his buttocks in the air, sag his middle to the surface, or raise any hand or foot from their starting position. If a hand or foot is raised, the exercise is terminated.
2. Sit-ups: 2 Minutes (Minimum 75 repetitions) Sit-ups are a two-count exercise. Starting position is back flat on the surface, hands on shoulders, head off the surface, and knees bent at approximately a 90-degree angle. Another individual may hold the cadet’s feet during the exercise. Count one; sit up so that elbows the touch the thigh area or the shoulders are 90 degrees to surface. Count two; return to the starting position. The exercise is continuous. The only authorized rest position is the up position. If the member stops, the exercise is terminated. If the member’s buttocks rise from the surface or his hands are not on his shoulders during the repetition, the repetition is not counted.
3. Flutter-kicks: (Minimum 40 Repetitions) Cadets will use only the upper abdominal and hip flexor group muscles for this exercise. Cadets start by lying on their back, with hands beneath their buttocks, elbows are flat on the ground, feet are together, head is raised off the ground, and legs are straight and six inches off the ground. Raise one leg approximately 36 inches off the ground, then immediately return that leg to six inches off the ground while raising the other leg. Use a moderate cadence. This is a four-count exercise. That is, one repetition is four counts. Cadet’s score is based on the number of correct four count repetitions before muscle failure. The exercise is continuous. If the member stops, the exercise is terminated. At no time will a cadet’s legs, feet or head touch the ground.
Three field endurance exercises are evaluated, these exercises will be performed in the BDU uniform. All exercises are continuous. If the member stops, the exercise is terminated, and the entire test is considered a failure.
1. 2 Mile Run- Minimum completion time will be 18 min. This exercise will be performed in the Battle Dress Uniform.
2. 1 Mile Run w/ 24hr gear (any stopping or walking during this exercise will be considered a failure)
3. 1/4 Mile Litter Carry w/ 24hr gear
COST AND FOOD OPTIONS
Option A $65.00
What is included in the cost: For those who graduate, you will also receive a t-shirt, and SAR Academy decal.
The student will be responsible for ALL meals and snacks.
Option B $130.00
What is included in the cost: 12 MRE meals. For those who graduate, you will also receive a t-shirt, and SAR Academy decal.
The student will be responsible for 11 meals and snacks.
Option C $195.00
What is included in the cost:24 MRE meals. For those who graduate, you will also receive a t-shirt, and SAR Academy decal.
The student will ONLY be responsible for snacks.