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Team Leader

Current Prerequisites for this event  
Description Requirement
Minimum Age 18
Required before start of event GTM-3 or higher
Required before start of event IS-100
Required before start of event IS-200
Required before start of event IS-700
Required before start of event Encampment preferred for cadets
Required before start of event CAP Test 117 Part 1


The Team Leader Course is an intensive combination 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 academic course material, and several more working on practical fieldwork.  
In field conditions, students must wear their 24-hour gear at all times; students will also walk significant distances in extreme heat and sudden storms.
You must be physically fit and ready for these conditions when you arrive at the school.
Team Leader students are expected to set the example at all times including at 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 from 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 completion 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.

It is imperative that students use the task guide and LESA’s packing list to ensure they have all the 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.

"If you're awake, you're training"


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