Northern Warfare Training Center |  Fort Wainwright, Alaska  |  1.907.353.1178
The Army's only Cold Region Training Proponent | Battle Cold and Conquer Mountains

CWLC - Cold Weather leaders course

Class Report Date End Date Suspense
14/001 15 Nov 2013 25 Nov 2013 1 Oct 13
14/002 6 Dec 2013 16 Dec 2013 22 Oct 13
14/003 6 Jan 2014 16 Jan 2014 22 Nov 13
14/004 24 Jan 2014 3 Feb 2014 10 Dec 13
14/005 21 Feb 2014 3 Mar 2014 7 Jan 14

Packing list

Click here for the CWLC Packing List (updated 01.25.14)

Click here for the Packing List Picture Book (updated 01.02.13)

All Soldiers attending the CWLC are required to bring their assigned weapon (M4 or M16 Only) and three 30 rd magazines for the course's biathlon event. Units without assigned M4 or M16 weapons will submit a request for waiver for their soldier to attend CWLC.  POC is the NWTC OPS NCOIC @ 353-1178 or NWTC Operations

Courses material and scope

Cold Weather Leaders Course (Download the Student Handout)

a. Scope. The Cold Weather Leaders Course trains squad and platoon-level leaders in the knowledge/skills required to successfully conduct small unit operations in a cold, snow-covered environment. Emphasis is placed on the effects of cold on personnel and materiel, use of basic cold weather clothing and equipment, winter field craft, snowshoe/ski techniques and winter/cold regions navigation and route planning. Attendees will receive comprehensive instruction/training materials enabling them to implement basic cold weather and ski training programs within their units. Cold weather risk management procedures are stressed throughout the course of instruction.

b. Prerequisites.

(1) Enlisted personnel. E4 through E7 (specialist serving in a leadership position may attend as vacancies permit).

(2) Warrant/commissioned officer personnel. WO1, CW2/O1, and O2 platoon level leaders.

(3) No P-2 or temporary profile(s) under the P, U, or L columns of the physical profile serial code (numerical) (PULHES) code.

(4) All students must meet minimum physical training and height and weight standards and have no temporary or permanent profile restricting exposure to cold temperatures.

(5) No security clearance is required.

(6) 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 Cold Weather Leaders 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 report date. An equipment layout will be conducted prior to in processing.

Students MUST have a Field Meal Card issued by their unit.