bmMc - basic Military mountaineering course
5-20 June 2013
10-25 July 2013
30 July -14 Aug 2013
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Courses material and scope
Basic Mountaineering Course (Download the Student Handout)
a. Scope. This 15 day course trains selected Soldiers in the fundamental knowledge/skills required to successfully conduct small unit operations in typical, mountainous terrain found throughout the world. Emphasis is placed on developing the Level 1 mountaineering tasks described in FM 3-97.61, Appendix A. Graduates are awarded SQI "E", Military Mountaineer IAW DA PAM 611-21, Table 12-1.
(1) Enlisted personnel. E4 through E7.
(2) Warrant/commissioned officer. WO1, CW2/O1 and O2 platoon level leaders.
(3) Cadets are authorized to attend this course.
(4) No P-2 or temporary profile(s) under
the P, U, or L columns of the physical profile serial code (numerical)
All students must meet minimum physical training
and height and weight standards and have no temporary or permanent
profile restricting exposure to cold temperatures.
No security clearance
(7) Soldiers not meeting
the prerequisites listed above will get approval from the Commander,
USANWTC, prior to the start of the course.
c. Reporting instructions. The Basic Military Mountaineering Course begins
at 0730 on the published start date and ends at 1000 on the end
date. Due to limited parking at the
Black Rapids Training Site, privately owned vehicles and individual,
government-vehicle travel is not authorized. The Northern Warfare
Training Center is responsible for transportation from FWA to the
Black Rapids Training Site and return. DPTSM will arrange bus transportation
if there will be at least 10 people attending from FRA. The unit
is responsible for travel to/from Black Rapids if there will be fewer than
10 people traveling from FRA. There is no separate issue facility
at Black Rapids Training Site; soldiers arriving without the prescribed
clothing and equipment items may be denied admission to the course.
There are no post exchange facilities at the Black Rapids Training
Site; attendees must bring adequate personal hygiene items/sundries
to last the duration of the course.
Special note: Personnel from FWA report to Building 3479, at 0800, on the report date. An equipment layout will be conducted prior to in processing.
Students MUST have a Field Meal Card issued by their unit
Preparation for BMMC
You must show up to the BMMC in excellent physical condition and mentally
prepared for long days that include a lot of information. Some
recommendations for preparation:
(1) Prepare physically. You may be surprised by the physical demands of
the course. The physical requirements require you to travel moderate
distances with a rucksack (up to 10 km with 60 lbs) over difficult terrain,
often under inclement weather conditions. If you are not prepared
physically, you will fall behind in learning the new skills required for the
course. Break in your boots prior to the course. Conduct foot marches in
hilly or mountainous terrain with a 45 pound rucksack 2-3 times per week.
Short intense workouts with body weight or light weights 4-6 times per week
increase all aspects of fitness. www.Crossfit.com and www.Crossfitendurance.com post excellent daily workouts that are available
(2) Prepare mentally: You are required to learn a lot of information and
new skills in a relatively short period of time. Download the student
handout (listed above) prior to the course. Familiarize yourself with the entire manual -
scroll through the document for about two hours and read areas that interest
you. Learn the rope terms and as many of the knots as you can prior to the
course. Illustrated methods for tying many of these knots are located at
http://www.animatedknots.com/ . You should also review basic land navigation
principles - plotting a point on a map, determining elevation on a map, terrain features etc.