Mountain Warfare School

Mountain Warfare School is a two-week course taught by the Vermont National Guard at Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont. Both a summer and a winter phase are offered. The training is designed to make you an expert in mountain operations. Mountain Warfare School is both physically and mentally demanding. Training is non-stop, 15 hours per day, for 14 days. If you can carry a 65-pound rucksack up to five miles per day in mountainous terrain and are competent with both day and night land navigation you may have what it takes to complete this intense training. A further outline of the course can be found below.

Mission

• To provide SQI "E" Training for ARNG, USAR & AC.
• To develop and conduct training for the Department of the Army in basic and advanced mountain warfare and cold weather skills and tactics to be employed by combat units during all climatic conditions.
• To train supported units in mountain warfare and cold weather skills; to provide technical assistance and advice to supported units in the conduct of mountain operations.
• To train, equip, and maintain a high angle mountain search and rescue team.

Purpose

• Throughout the course of history, armies have been significantly affected by the requirement to fight in the mountains. With approximately 38 percent of the world’s landmass classified as mountains, the Army must be prepared to deter conflicts, resist coercion, and defeat aggression in mountains as in other areas.
• The purpose of the SQI "E" Course, Military Mountaineer, is to train soldiers in the specialized skills required for operating in mountainous terrain, under all climatic conditions, day and night.
• These courses teach soldiers how to use adverse terrain and weather conditions to their advantage as a combat multiplier. This aids in preserving the unit strength and combat power to achieve mission success.
• Our ultimate objective is to teach MOBILITY.

Level-1: Summer

The course is 14 days of continuous training, with an average of 14 hours of training every day. The emphasis during the course is on practical, realistic, and strenuous hands-on skills which are consistent with current Army doctrine. At times the physical condition of the student approaches exhaustion. During the course, the student becomes increasingly proficient in the fundamentals, principles, and techniques of conducting small unit operations in mountainous terrain.
The Army Mountain Warfare School teaches a TRADOC approved course of instruction in basic Military Mountaineering. After completion of both Level 1 Courses, soldiers are awarded the SQI "E", Military Mountaineer IAW DA Pam 611-21. Emphasis is placed on developing the Level 1 Basic Mountaineer tasks described in Chapter 2, FM 3-97.6 Mountain Operations (2000 Revision).

Level-1: Winter

The course is 14 days of continuous training with an average of 12 hours of training every day. During the course, the student acquires the skills and knowledge required to operate in mountainous terrain. The student’s skills, physical and mental endurance, stamina, and confidence are continuously challenged by frigid temperatures, deep snow and mountainous terrain. High standards are required and maintained in the most adverse mission profile. The emphasis is on practical, realistic and strenuous training. · The Army Mountain Warfare School teaches a TRADOC approved course of instruction in basic Military Mountaineering. After completion of both Level 1 Courses, soldiers are awarded the SQI "E", Military Mountaineer IAW DA Pam 611-21. Emphasis is placed on developing the Level 1 Basic Mountaineer tasks described in Chapter 2, FM 3-97.6 Mountain Operations (2000 Revision).

Level-2: Summer

The course is 10 days of continuous training, with an average of 14 hours of training every day. To train selected soldiers in the knowledge/skills required to lead small units/teams over technically difficult, hazardous or exposed (Class 4 and 5) mountainous terrain during summer months. Emphasis is placed on developing the Level 2 Assault Climber tasks described in Chapter 2, FM 3-97.6, Mountain Operations (2000 Revision).

Level-2: Winter

The course is 10 days of continuous training, with an average of 14 hours of training every day. To train selected soldiers in the knowledge/skills required to lead small units/teams over technically difficult, hazardous or exposed (Class 4 and 5) mountainous terrain during winter months. Emphasis is placed on developing the Level 2 Assault Climber tasks described in Chapter 2, FM 3-97.6, Mountain Operations (2000 Revision).

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