Description of Courses
Warrior Leader Program
Warriors on average commit six semesters honing their leadership skills within the Warrior Leader Program. That’s 42 days of training over a three-year period. Participants will live in a field environment for the duration of the entire training event while conducting daytime and nighttime patrols. Tented sleeping quarters, meals, blank ammunition, and all battlefield operating systems (MILES 2000/IWS, weapons, radios, and optics) are provided.
AGE LIMIT: Participants must be a minimum of 14 years of age, and must sign a liability waiver to participate in training with One Shepherd. Participants under 18 years of age must have the liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.
LEGAL PROHIBIT: Persons convicted of a felony crime, or currently under indictment for a felony charge cannot participate in One Shepherd training due to the extensive use of firearms.
Warrior Basic Course
Entry into the Warrior Leader Program!
The Warrior Basic Course (WBC) is offered once per year, typically in the spring semester. Participation in the Warrior Basic Course is the prerequisite for attendance to all other courses within the Warrior Leader Program with the notable exception of the Land Navigation Course.
Warriors are introduced to battlefield operating systems unique to the infantry platoon, including:
- AR15-Series Rifle or Carbine
- Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) 2000 & IWS
- Icom F4/420 or PRC-Series Radio
- A/N TA-1/PT Field Phone & WD-1 Wire
- H3 Tritium Lensatic Compass
- PVS-7/14 or D-300 Night Vision Devices
The two-day Warrior Basic Course covers the fundamentals of “shoot, move, and communicate.” This involves movement formations, hand signals, and immediate action battle drills. The Warrior Basic Course culminates with a nighttime patrol and a daytime force-on-force application lane. Participating members who complete the Warrior Basic Course are awarded the One Shepherd Regiment shoulder patch at the end of this two-day course.
Land Navigation Course
Determining direction is the most perishable skill.
The Land Navigation Course (LNC) is offered once per year, typically in the fall semester. There are no prerequisites for participation. The Land Navigation Course is an open event and newcomers are encouraged to attend while waiting for the Warrior Basic Course to be offered in normal scheduling.
The two-day Land Navigation Course covers the basics of map reading, compass use, and pace count for navigation methods of dead reckoning and terrain association. The Land Navigation Course culminates with daytime and nighttime navigation lanes that are typically accomplished in warrior pairs. Walking over uneven, forrested terrain with equipment is required for this course.
The Land Navigation Course is one of three course requirements on the warrior track, and it is generally a prerequisite to beginning the leadership track.
Light Leaders Course
Leadership and management are distinct, yet inextricably entwined skills.
The Light Leaders Course (LLC) is offered once per year, typically in the spring semester. Participation in the Light Leaders Course is reserved for those warriors who have been tabbed One Warrior and who are seeking either a subordinate or primary leadership role in an upcoming FTX simulation.
The two-day Light Leaders Course covers the procedural models of leadership. This includes troop leading procedures (TLP/BAMCIS), pre-combat inspections (PCI), combat order development and issue, decision-making models, and finally the after action review (AAR) process. The Light Leaders Course culminates with leading warriors in a nighttime patrol and daytime force-on-force lanes.
The Light Leaders Course is a requirement for the leader track.
Leader Reflection Course
The art of influencing others cannot be taught, but it can be learned.
The Leader Reflection Course (LRC) is offered once per year, typically in the fall semester. Participation in the Leader Reflection Course is reserved for those warriors who have been tabbed One Warrior and who are seeking either a subordinate or primary leadership role in an upcoming FTX simulation.
The two-day Leader Reflection Course covers advanced concepts of leadership, including reflection on leadership styles, warrior ethics, group dynamics, and mentoring. The Leader Reflection Course is sometimes called “a gentleman’s course” because during the Leader Reflection Course the leaders do not work directly with warrior teams, but instead the leaders work together in professional community development.
The Leader Reflection Course is a requirement for the leader track.
Situational Training Exercises (STX)
Seminars in the tactical proficiency of dismounted patrolling.
The Situational Training Exercise (STX Seminar) is offered twice per year, once per each spring and fall semester. Each of the two-day STX Seminars covers an offensive tactic, defensive tactic, and enabling tactic that are conducted at the squad and/or platoon level. There are a total of six distinct STX Seminars forming the core of the three-year Warrior Leader Program.
STX Seminar I
- Offense: Deliberate Attack
- Defense: Area Defense
- Enabling: Screen & Cover Operations
STX Seminar II
- Offense: Movement to Contact
- Defense: Mobile Defense
- Enabling: Vanguard (Reconnaissance-in-Force)
STX Seminar III
- Offense: Exploitation & Pursuit
- Defense: Retrograde Defense
- Enabling: Guard Operations
STX Seminar IV
- Offense: Special Purpose Attack - Ambush
- Defense: Enroute & Objective Rally Points
- Enabling: Route Reconnaissance
STX Seminar V
- Offense: Special Purpose Attack - Raid
- Defense: Patrol Base Operations
- Enabling: Area/Point Reconnaissance
STX Seminar VI
- Offense: OPFOR IGF Doctrine - Swarming Attack
- Defense: OPFOR IGF Doctrine - Dispersed Defense
- Enabling: OPFOR IGF Doctrine - Logistical Cache
Warriors who attend all six of the STX Seminars plus six FTX Simulations are awarded the Lightfighter designator the bottom of the One Shepherd regimental patch. This scroll denotes an experienced competency in small unit dismounted patrolling tactics.
Field Training Exercises (FTX)
The pinnacle of leadership education is an exploratory experience without teachers.
The Field Training Exercise (FTX Simulation) is offered twice per year, once each spring and fall semester. The three-day FTX Simulation is the culminating event of each semester. This is the opportunity for authentic application of all learning within the Warrior Leader Program!
The FTX Simulation is mentally challenging, physically exhausting, and absolutely exciting. The simulation runs non-stop for 48-hours over a three-day period. It is during this period that the warriors and warrior-leaders take over the training and assume command of their respective teams. This is wargaming at the highest fidelity of live force-on-force engagement in the time-honored tradition of kriegspiele.
All aspects of small unit tactics, warrior skills, and leadership competencies come into play. A robust AAR takes place immediately after the completion of the FTX Simulation. Additionally, feedback assessment is offered in the form of “murder boards” for all participants serving in a leadership position.
The FTX Simulation is a requirement for both the warrior and leader track within the Warrior Leader Program education.