Ground Team Field Training Exercise (FTX)

Mission#: TBD

Next tentative scheduled date: 17-19 Nov 2017

1.  What is an FTX?

FTX stands for Field Training Exercise.  This is an Air Force Approved Emergency Services Mission designed to introduce and train members in the Ground Team Member Specialty Qualification.  Once qualified, the member will be capable of joining CAP’s Emergency Services force on a Ground Team in support of Search & Rescue (Lost Aircraft, Missing Person, etc.), Disaster Relief (Hurricanes, Floods, Tornadoes, etc.), and other Air Force missions.  This training and qualification is open to both seniors and cadets.


2.  What are the minimum requirements to attend?

This training will be conducted on an actual Air Force Funded Mission.  Because of Air Force and CAP requirements, in order to attend this training, each participant must have completed the following:

1.  Level 1 for senior members or complete Achievement 1 (Curry) for cadets

2.  CPPT for all seniors and cadets over 18 years of age

3.  General ES Rating (See Attachment 2, #1 for instructions)

4.  Monthly Safety

5.  Must be in excellent physical condition and in Fitness Category Level 1 for Cadets

If you have not completed this training, you will not be allowed to participate.


3.  What do I need to do to complete the course?

In order to qualify for the Ground Team Member 3 qualification, each participant must complete the following:

1.  IS100 and IS-700 (See Attachment 2, #2 and #3 for instructions)

2.  IS200 – For Ground Team Leaders

3.  Complete Basic First Aid Training or Equivalent (See Attachment 2, #6 for instructions)

4.  ICUT - Introductory Communications User Training (See Attachment 2, #4 for instructions)

5.  CAPT 117 ES Continuing Education Exam - Part 1 (See Attachment 2, #5 for instructions)

If you have not completed this training, you will not be qualified at the end of the FTX.  You may, however, complete this training at a later date to qualify.


4.  How much does it cost?

The course costs $60 and includes transportation, food, training materials, and certain Ground Team supplies.  May be paid by check payable to: Civil Air Patrol.


5.  How do I apply?

Submit the following paperwork to Lt Col Michael Harding by 3 Nov 2017:

  1. Signed Application and Member Release Form. Part II must be completed if under 18 years old.
  2. Signed CAPF32 – CAP Cadet Activity Permission Slip (Cadets Only)
  3. Copy of your CAPF 160 – Member Health History Form
  4. Copy of your CAPF 161 – Emergency Information with a copy of your Insurance Card on the back.
  5. Copy of your CAPF 163– Provision of Over the Counter Medication (if under 18)
  6. Copy of your Gear Request Form (if you need to rent/purchase field gear)
  7. Cash or check payable to: Civil Air Patrol for $60 (plus any gear fees)

Paperwork may be sent via email to mharding@flwg.us or mailed to: 3400 NW 71st Street Coconut Creek, FL 33073. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come – first served basis.


6.  What do I need to pack?

Do not bring any items you do not want to lose.  You will be responsible for any items you lose.  CAP will not be responsible for your lost items.  Rule of thumb: If you don’t want to lose it, don’t bring it.


Only bring the required bare minimum.  You will need to carry your equipment long distances.  There is minimal storage space in the van.  Rule of thumb: If you don’t want to carry it, don’t bring it.


Medications: If you will be bringing any medications with you, you MUST notify Lt Col Harding immediately upon check in and include a CAPF 163 with your paperwork. Medications must be in original container (this includes over the counter items) with Pharmacy labeled containers with individuals name, medication name, and dispensing instructions must be on label. Medication should be in Zip Lock baggie with your name and CAP ID written on it.


The equipment requirements for Ground Team Members are extensive.  All the required items are listed in Attachment 1.  To help members with the cost of procuring items, many items are available for rent or purchase at a reduced price.  Contact Lt Col Harding for more information.