MCTC Course Catalog
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Basic Field Navigation


This course is restricted to US military and sworn law enforcement personnel.

Course Description

This program is designed for law enforcement involved in eradication efforts or reconnoitering in remote terrain. It covers basic level land navigation and reconnoitering skills.

Digital navigation devices can be hampered or rendered inoperable with changes in overhead foliage and weather patterns as well as remote terrain. This class will give you the essential tools to quickly and efficiently navigate through field environments on foot when other devices fail.

Training will include map reading, compass familiarization, and land navigation techniques, as well as an overview of GPS. The course will culminate with a challenging scenario in which teams must successfully navigate on foot through rural terrain.
Topics Included

  • Map Reading
  • Compass familiarization
  • Principles of GPS systems

Course Length

Basic Field Navigation is a 2-day (16 hour) course.


There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

There are no scheduled classes available at this time.

MCTC provides on-site and mobile training of the highest quality at no cost to the student to all those involved in the fight against drug trafficking and substance abuse.

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Midwest Counterdrug Training Center
7105 NW 70th Bldg 3585  Johnston, IA 50131
1-800-803-6532 (commercial), 431-4756 (DSN), 515-727-3613 (Fax)