mountain warfare orientation course (MWOC)
10-14 June 2013
15-19 July 2013
5-9 Aug 2013
Courses material and scope
Mountain Warfare Orientation Course (Download the Student Handout)
a. Scope. This five day course
familiarizes company and battalion level leaders, staff officers/NCO's with the knowledge/skills
required in successfully planning and conducting operations in a
mountainous environment. Emphasis is placed on the effects
of cold on personnel and material, effects of the mountain environment
on operations, and planning considerations unique to combat in mountainous regions. Mountain risk management procedures
are stressed throughout the course of instruction. Graduates will have an understanding of the role of the units military mountaineer and the capability provided through mountain training at a unit level.
(1) Enlisted personnel. E5 and above.
(2) Warrant/commissioned officers of all ranks.
(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 Mountain Warfare Orientation Course begins
at 0730 on the published start date and ends at 1500 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 MWOC
You must show up to the MWOC 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. You should also review basic land navigation
principles - plotting a point on a map, determining elevation on a map, terrain features etc.
Students MUST have
a Field Meal Card issued by their unit.