What do you need for basic land navigation?
- Basic land navigation only requires three (3) “tools”. A topographic map, a compass (for this Instructable I will be using a basic orienteering compass), and a dry erase marker (if your map is laminated or sealed in plactic) or pencil. All topo maps have grid numbers listed on the top, bottom, and both sides.
Tips for Passing Land Navigation in Ranger School
- Stop cheating at land nav now.
- Do some trail running.
- Run the land nav course.
- Plan then go.
- Darkness is for movement.
- Don’t trust the roads on the map.
- Don’t cheat.
- Know when to stop.
What’s in Your Land Navigation Kit?
- Map: Naturally you will want to carry a map of the area where you are going.
- GPS and Compass: The two tools almost everyone carries is a GPS and compass.
- Grid Tool: I always carry a grid tool to use with my UTM map.
Basically the U.S. Army will continue “training” recruits in land navigation during Basic Training, but it will no longer be a skill that requires “qualification.” In other words recruits won’t be tested on land nav any more in order to graduate from Basic Training, if I understand correctly.
Is Land NAV easy?
There are always concerns, fears and questions about the Land Navigation course and many students fail and frankly, they fail because they are psyched out at the very beginning either during SFAS or the SFQC. It is tough, it is the toughest individual land navigation course you’ll find in the US military.
What is the pass rate of SFAS?
Assuming you are reasonably intelligent, and in good physical shape, you have a 31% chance of successfully passing the US Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course (SFAS).
Where can I get 1 50000 maps?
The USGS has a limited number of 1:50,000-scale maps available for the United States. These are maps that the National Geospatial Agency (NGA) has released for sale to the public.
For land navigation purposes, go with a map that has a 1:50,000 to 1:24,000 scale. 1:24,000 scale maps are the USGS standard, and it’s what I learned how to do land navigation with, so that’s my preference.
The online USGS Store is the only site for ordering paper topographic maps. Use the Store’s Map Locator or the Keyword Search box in the upper right.