Training Courses

Listed are some of the training services I offer individuals and groups. These classes, based upon personal and practical experience in the topics covered, are offered to the Prepping/Survivalist community outside of the paradigm usually taught. Aside from these and the future classes to be listed, I can tailor a class to your group’s specific needs and abilities per request. Be sure to check out the training schedule for the remainder of 2018. Forward all inquiries to: brushbeater@tutanota.com

***All course prices are reflective of training at the NC site.***

RTO Basic: $200 per Student

This class will teach students the basics of communications at the Team or Squad Level in the field. Topics of instruction include:

  • Identifying Equipment Requirements
  • Writing a Signals Operating Index
  • PACE Planning for Communications
  • Basic equipment capabilities
  • Traffic handling
  • Improvised antenna types, uses and construction
  • Setting up and running an NVIS HF station
  • Message Formats
  • Setting up and communicating from a Hide site

Two day course will culminate in an field training event running a TOC station and Hide site in the field. Students will each build an antenna and demonstrate competency in team communications basics during the field exercise. Amateur Radio license qualification is helpful, but not required. This is NOT a ‘ham radio’ class but each student will come away with a basic understanding of a team’s communications needs in a tactical environment and how to best meet them under less-than-ideal circumstances. No equipment is required for this course; however, if students want to get field practice with their own gear, it is highly encouraged but done so at their own risk. Instruction is completely off-grid.

RTO Advanced : $200

Two day class picks up where the RTO Basic Course leaves off, covering advanced techniques for tactical communications in the field. Points of instruction include:

  • Advanced SOI planning including creating a brevity matrix
  • Planning and coordinating a dedicated transmitting site
  • Theory, construction and use of directional wire antennas
  • Recognizing and mitigating signs of Electronic Warfare
  • Conducting basic Signals Intelligence Collection and analysis
  • Advanced HF Techniques

As with RTO Basic, the course will culminate in a field exercise where students demonstrate the concepts covered in a live environment. By the end of both courses, students will be able to build a bulletproof communications network with even the most basic off the shelf equipment and little, if any, external support.

Signals Intelligence / Radio Reconnaissance: $200

Two day course covers the essentials of signals collection and analysis in an asymmetric warfare environment. Course specifically focuses on building skills to better prepare a retreat or small unit for intercepting and exploiting an OPFOR’s ground communications. Students will learn:

  • Communications Mapping of your Area of Operations
  • Common, Off The Shelf tools for Signals Intelligence
  • Planning and construction of Listening Posts
  • Radio Direction Finding (RDF) Techniques
  • Signals Interception and Analysis
  • Coordinating with an Analysis and Control Element (ACE)
  • Tactical Exploitation

Each student in class will receive open source tools for conducting signals intelligence. At a minimum every student will come away with the essential skills needed to receive possible early warnings or simply stay abreast of problems in their area of interest or potential threats to their patrol.

Tactical Combat Casualty Care: $300

Two day course covers the basics of Tactical Trauma Response for a tactical team, centered around the components of the Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK). The training is geared towards those with limited or no previous medical experience in order to effectively treat Small Unit Tactics-related trauma. During the course students will learn and demonstrate proficiency in:

  • The components and implementation of a proper IFAK
  • Evaluating and treating a battlefield casualty
  • Types and Uses of Tourniquets
  • Uses of the Compression Bandage
  • Moving a Casualty in Combat Conditions
  • Preparing and Securing an Extraction Site
  • Preparing and Sending the MEDEVAC Report

This is an intense physical course, especially on the second day. Students should evaluate their physical condition prior to attending.

Scout Course $300

This multi-day class covers the basics of scouting and reconnaissance for irregular or unsupported forces. The course is directly applicable to those seeking homestead/retreat security and those working in small teams or groups. Course will focus heavily upon creation and emplacement of hide sites, personal camouflage, optics and observation techniques, range estimation and practical range cards, movement techniques, target acquisition, and the tactically sound ambush. By the end of the course, students will demonstrate abilities required for functioning as a buddy or fire team to effectively protect a retreat.

First Line Course: $200

The First Line course is a two day class which focuses on core woodsman skills. Students will learn land navigation essentials such as reading a compass, shooting and following an azimuth, estimating distance with their pace count, terrain associating both day and night, creating a patrol map and conducting practical exercises demonstrating their skills. Basics of woodland survival are also emphasized, as students will learn the basics of fire making, safe water procurement and shelter building. Other skills covered include knife selection, sharpening and maintenance. Learn to live in the woods with very little. Class is conducted entirely off-grid. Students will receive a packing list upon course registration and feel free to contact me for more details.

One Day Workshops

In addition to the classes above, we’re also adding one day workshops that allow students to pick up the essential concepts from courses that otherwise take several days. Broken down into day long exercises, planning for the courses is made simple and less costly for you as well as a less expensive class overall.

Squad Designated Marksman:

Course is specifically designed around taking the AR-15 beyond the parameters most are accustomed to shooting. Students will focus on:

  • The role of the SDM and its advantages for the Guerrilla
  • Weapon and Kit fundamentals
  • Marksmanship fundamentals
  • Zeroing
  • Establishing Data On Previous Engagement (DOPE)
  • Basic Observation and Rangefinding
  • Qualification

Battlefield Intelligence Collection:

Focusing on fieldwork, students will learn the basics of hide site construction and observing a target while coordinating teams over an area. This concept builds on other small unit skills taught elsewhere, placing them in a realistic context for you and your group. Students will observe a target and report battlefield information to a higher unit in order to coordinate actions on the objective.

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17 thoughts on “Training Courses

      1. Mary Hodges

        Hi-
        We would like an RTO course in the intermountain west in autumn, 2018. What would it take to bring you here?
        All the best,
        MH

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  1. PAP76

    Thank you NC Scout for coming out this past weekend! It was a great time and we all learned something! The material covered was clear and concise. Your hands on method of teaching make learning the information easy even for an old knuckle dragger like me!! I look forward to taking your other classes and even repeating the RTO course!!! Thanks again Brother it was worth every penny!

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  2. zeerf

    NC Scout, I had a blast and learned a ton this past weekend! I enjoyed your hands on approach of teaching and helped make learning the information easy even for the ham n00b that I am. I look forward to taking your other classes.

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  3. SneakyPete

    I recently attended a private class offering of the RTO course conducted by NC Scout. I can’t overstate the quality of this training. NC Scout is both tactically and technically proficient and has the advantage of having “been there done that” when it comes to tactical communications under austere conditions.
    The course is pretty much as advertised on his Brushbeater blog. What isn’t discussed are the “extras” you receive. “Extras” in the form of class discussion of particular issues and solutions related to communications planning, radio operation, and capabilities.
    This course is definitely planned and presented as a “prepper” course. It presents a solution set (although not necessarily universal) to operating a TOC integrating a “retreats” various nodes such as patrols, LP/OP’s, QRF, and admin/log nets.
    The course description clearly stated this wasn’t a Ham Radio course and it wasn’t. It was very basic instruction that even the most novice among us could understand. The students in my class had a wide range of knowledge and skills, but NC Scout moderated the technical aspects to that of the lowest common denominator, but would elevate the discussion as the students grasped the concept, moving onto a higher technical level. I never once felt the instruction was above my head or that I was just accepting my own ignorance and not taking up class time at the expense of others.
    From an equipment aspect, there was a lot of “gear” brought by participants for show and tell purposes. However, the instruction focuses on handheld radios with frequencies in the 2 meter and 70 cm range. There were enough licensed Ham’s in the class to keep it all legal so that wasn’t a problem. While NC Scout isn’t a fan of Baofeng radios, he recognizes they are extremely popular with the prepper community. They are pretty much the “lowest common denominator for radios. However, you run what you “brung”, when it came to the radios and there were no equipment failures at all, that I am aware of.
    Training started with an explanation of Signal Operating Instructions (SOI). I think many think of this in terms of a long complex document along the lines of military use or that published by the AmRRON project. While the military SOI is too complex for prepper use and the AmRRON version is really intended more as a standing SOI transitioning from normalcy to SHTF, NC Scout’s distills the SOI down into what is practical for a retreats use. NC Scout’s presents a simpler view of an SOI that changes daily, is briefed on a white board at shift change or OP Order brief. It includes all the essential elements of an SOI, but without the complexity.
    Training continued on Day 1 with presentation of several “reporting formats”. I won’t list these, you have to take the course, but these formats are relevant to the tactical security of a retreat and support the signal’s security principles of uniformity and brevity.
    Training continued on with presentations on antenna theory and the construction of expedient antennas. However, as the course description emphasizes, this is not a Ham radio course and NC Scout “dummies this down” for even the most technically challenged of us can “get it”. There followed a “arts and crafts” project, the construction of a jungle antenna for UHF/VHF as well as several long wire HF antennas conducted as a practical exercise/lab for this class.
    Day 1 included a practical exercise utilizing all the morning’s instruction to include the constructed “jungle antenna” and use of all the reporting formats. This exercise consisted of the establishment of a “TOC” and a remote station exchanging communications traffic utilizing each of the reporting templates.
    Day 2 focused on the conduct of a reconnaissance patrol establishing a patrol base, running up the “jungle antenna” and observing an OPFOR again providing information utilizing reporting templates.
    In summary, this was a great class, presented by a knowledgeable/proficient instructor with not only the technical expertise, but also real world experience. I wouldn’t hesitate to take additional classes from NC Scout.

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    1. I thank you tremendously, not only for hosting me but the more than generous words. I was honored to train with you and y’all were the absolute best class possible. Not since I left the Army did I feel cohesion in a group like the atmosphere and tone set by you and yours.

      Thank you again.

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      1. David

        I realize you do not want to publicize the location where you teach the class, but can you provide a rough area of where it will be – eg, Asheville area, Durham area, Ft. Bragg area. It will help with my planning, since I am frequently in NC visiting an ailing family member. You can PM me with the answer if that works better. Thanks.

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