Pathfinder School Information
The mission of the U.S. Army Pathfinder School is to provide a three week course in which the student navigates dismounted, establishes and operates a day/night helicopter landing zone, establishes and operates a day/night CARP, GMRS, and Army VIRS parachute DZ, conducts slingload operations, provides air traffic control and navigational assistance to RW and FW airborne operations. Students participates in a three day FTX as a member of a Pathfinder Team.
Students need to make reservations with Ft. Benning Guest Housing (Olsen Hall, comm. (706) 689-0067). Though there are dining facilities available, the Pathfinder training schedule and POI does not allow for normal mess hours to be adhered to; any missed meal at the DFAC will be replaced with a MRE (provided to the student). Pathfinder students need to furnish or arrange for transportation while attending the course. The transportation provided by the Pathfinder school is for movement to and from training areas in a field environment.
Sign in at building 2748, no later than 2400 (Sunday) the day before the class starts. You may report to BLDG. 2748 in civilian clothes to sign in. You will then report to BLDG. 2593 at 0700. Your duty uniform will be BDU's (no rigger belts, A7A straps, or shirts with organizational print on them) with soft cap, no berets. Bring notebook, pen, highlighter, and water container (during summer months I.E.: water bottle). Ensure you bring 10 copies of your orders, your physical examination (Airborne, Ranger, HALO, Scuba, or class three exam) and approved waivers. There will be absolutely no exceptions for missing either orders or your physical.
Active Army, Reserve, or National Guard Officers (2LT-CPT) or enlisted personnel (SGT-SFC) assigned to or enroute to a billet requiring Pathfinder skills. Enlisted MOS: 11B, 11C, 11Z, 15Q (PFC-SFC), 88M, 92Y. Warrant Officers (WO1-W03) with MOSs 131A, 180A, or 921A may attend. Enlisted applicants must have GT Score of 100 or above. Active and Reserve Marine Corps Officers (2LT-CPT) and enlisted personnel (SGT-GNSGT) in logistics and combat arms. Active and Reserve Air Force enlisted personnel serving as combat control team/forward air controllers (SGT-MSGT). All applicants must have passed a valid physical examination within five (5) years, have a minimum profile serial of 111121, have no speech impediment, have passed the APFT within the last six months and meet the Army height and weight standards IAW AR 600-9. Physicals for airborne qualified personnel must indicate "cleared to participate in airborne operations". Applicants must have one year service remaining on active duty upon completion of the course.
Active and Reserve Marine Corps Officers (2LT to CPT) and Enlisted personnel (SGT to GnSGT) in logistics and combat arms may attend. Active and Reserve Air Force enlisted personnel serving as combat control team/forward air controllers (SGT to MSGT) may attend. All commanders must ensure applicants report to and sign in at Bldg. 2748 (Student Accountability) on the report date (Sunday). Student inprocessing begins at 0645 Monday morning. All service members report with a current physical (Physical must be taken within five years of the ATRRS report date to the course), identification tags, identification cards and 10 copies of orders. Course attendees will be on full per diem and will pay mess/billeting. Non-availability statements are not authorized. MOS skills: 55B, 68J, 77F, and 31-series assigned to the 160th SOAR (A) will be accepted by an exception to policy.
The submission of requests for waiver is discouraged; course prerequisites have specific rationale and are well established. However service members may request the waiver of a specific course prerequisite. Those waiver requests will be submitted in memorandum format through the member's Battalion Commander (or, first O-5 in the chain-of-command), through Commander, 11th Infantry Regiment, USAIS, Fort Benning, GA 31905, to the Commander, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Infantry, 11th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, GA 31905. All requests for waiver will address a specific prerequisite and contain a complete justification and persuasive argument for granting the waiver. Waiver request submission does not ensure favorable consideration.
All requests for waivers must be received by the 1/507 S-3 AIR NLT 30 days prior to the class start date. No waiver submitted within the 30 day window will be considered. Students must have written waiver approval from the Commander, 11th Infantry Regiment, USAIC, Fort Benning, GA 31905 or from Commander, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Infantry, 11th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, GA 31905 in their possession to in-process.
All students must have the following items for the course. If you are not issued the following items, they will be provided.
* 1 Alice Pack (Complete)
* 1 Sleeping Bag
* 1 LCE (Complete, LCE, web belt and one canteen m/ cover)
* 1 Poncho or Gortex jacket (Gortex jacket will no t be issued)
* 1 Ballistic helmet
* 1 Set of Air Items
* Bring appropriate seasonal gear (military issue)
It is recommended that you bring the following items with you:
* 1 Calculator (no sto capabilities, or smart calculators)
* 1 Set of alcohol pens with eraser
* 1 Staedtler proffessional combo circle template
* 1 Lensatic Compass
* 1 Protractor
* 2 Highlighters
* Note taking materials (pens, paper, pencils)
* 1 Set of ear plugs w/ case
DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR USE BY ANY PERSONNEL ATTENDING COURSES ON FT BENNING. THESE SUPPLEMENTS ARE SOLD UNDER A VARIETY OF BRAND NAMES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO RIPPED FUEL, METABOLIFE, XENADRINE, ETC.
STUDENTS WILL NOT WEAR THE ARMY BLACK, MAROON, OR GREEN BERET PRIOR TO GRADUATION. THE ONLY AUTHORIZED HEAD GEAR WILL BE EITHER THE BALLISTIC HELMET OR PATROL CAP.