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Reconnaissance Team Leader Course

Purpose:  The purpose of the Reconnaissance Team Leader Course is to provide the students with the required knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of a Reconnaissance Team Leader.

Scope:  This course emphasizes planning, briefing, and leading teams in patrolling, ground reconnaissance, and amphibious operations. The course combines collaborative learning and teaching methodologies that focus on delivering training and education in the areas of mission planning, communications, weapons employment, planning and implementing training, reconnaissance reports, surveillance techniques, patrolling, and amphibious team operations. Upon successful completion of this course, the students are capable of performing the duties of a Reconnaissance Team Leader within a Reconnaissance Battalion.

Target Population:  The Reconnaissance Team Leader Course is seeking motivated service members with a desire to learn how to lead small unit clandestine operations in unfamiliar environments more effectively.  Good candidates include:

* 0321 Reconnaissance Marines, E4-E6
* 0307 Reconnaissance Officers, O1-O4
* Joint and allied service members of equivalent grades with similar mission sets to Marine Reconnaissance.
* NCOs who have recently performed a lateral move to the community, who cannot be placed in a junior billet due to rank but are lacking the depth of experience of other NCOs.
* NCOs who have operated in a team but need to transition into a leadership role.
* Existing team leaders who seek to expand their leadership capabilities and proficiency within the MOS.

Physical Prerequisites:

USMC Physical Fitness Test score of 250 or above per MCO 6100.13 Marine Corps Physical Fitness Program.
Water Survival - Advanced qualification or joint/allied service equivalent per NAVMC 3500.41B Training MOS T&R Manual.

Physical Graduation Requirements:

Reconnaissance Physical Assessment Test (RPAT) on T-14 per NAVMC 3500.55B Reconnaissance T&R Manual

Tasks: NAVMC 3500.55B Reconnaissance T&R Manual

2400 Level:
Small Unit Training
Recon Mission Planning
Ground Recon Operations
Amphibious Operations


7 Weeks
48 Training Days
51 Calendar Days (subject to change based on federal holidays)

Training Plan

Weeks 1-2 - Camp Pendleton, CA
Initial Performance Assessment
1000 level task refresher
Small unit leadership and training
Individual skills
Public speaking and effective communication
Confirmation briefs
Order writing
Mission planning
Practice patrol

Weeks 3-4 - Yuma, AZ
Four full mission profile ground reconnaissance patrols with a full ROC, IPB, and Operations Order on a realistic FOB run by WTI's MWSS. The students will be expected to conduct detailed planning and coordination with instructor staff and enablers, and confirmation briefs with field grade officers.

Weeks 5-6 - Kaneohe, HI
Jungle patrol
Amphibious operations
Clandestine landing and withdrawal
OTH planning
Amphibious patrol

Week 7 - Camp Pendleton, CA

Course Dates

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Select the following links below for documents:

1-20 DTS Instructions
Command Screening Checklist
Gear List
IPA Study Guide

For additional source of information, select the link below to access RTLC SharePoint site (*PIV/CAC access required):

Intelink RTLC SharePoint

Points of Contact

GySgt Andreas Owens
Email: andreas.owens@usmc.mil
Comm:  (760) 763-7184
Cell:  (910) 546-9403

Course Chief
SSgt Stephen Odonnell
Email:  stephen.m.odonnell@usmc.mil
Comm:  (760) 763-7183
Cell:  (256) 513-2703