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Instructor Background
and Philosophy 

As a retired Green Beret, I bring extensive experience and knowledge in land navigation and survival skills. At Commando Culture Endurance, we emphasize a training philosophy centered on simplicity, consistency, and mastery. We start students in a fail-safe environment to learn proper techniques and then progress to a safe-to-fail environment to understand the limitations of their proficiency. Our approach ensures students can adapt and excel in real-life situations.Join us for an intensive and rewarding experience that will equip you with essential land navigation skills and a deeper understanding of the art and science of navigation.

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Commando Culture Endurance Basic Land Navigation Course

Having conducted numerous iterations of our Land Navigation 1 and 2 courses, we realized a restructuring was necessary to stay true to Commando Culture Endurance's founding principles. Our goal has always been to democratize the elite special forces' culture for everyone to benefit from.


Special forces teams are unique in their diversity, with members coming from varied backgrounds. This diversity brings unique perspectives to problem-solving and dealing with emergent situations. Another key aspect is the mentorship provided to new team members who embrace relearning the basics and view training as a continuous path toward mastery. The team's small size, diversity, and autonomy provide them with a capability unique to similar organizations and enhance their ability to plan, train, and prepare for high-risk, complex problem sets.


We want to create a similar structure when forming teams (students) for our courses.

Course DetailsCourse

Name: Basic Land Navigation Course

Duration: 8-10 hours, depending on student input

Class Size: 4 students per class

Cost: $350

Includes: Custom handbook, compass, specialized T-shirtCourse

Structure: The small class size allows for a mentorship approach, creating a more adaptive and individualized learning experience. In previous courses, students received around 84 minutes of one-on-one instruction. Each student will receive approximately 127.5 minutes of personalized instruction with the new structure, enhancing the learning process.

Topics Covered: Basics of topographical maps, contour line, legend data, importance of scale, UTM grid systems, Major map features, Estimation of distances on maps and in the field, understanding the importance of a pace count, Identifying terrain features in the field, Basics of a baseplate compass, Parts of a compass, Basic compass functions, Taking an azimuth in the field and on a map, different types of north and accounting for magnetic declination, Planning navigation from a known point to a known point on a map, analysis of terrain for an approach to a checkpoint, Setting up key navigation tools like attack points, handrails, and backstops.


Each student will have numerous opportunities to analyze a land navigation problem, plan a route, and lead the group to locate checkpoints in the field using only a map and compass, moving primarily cross-country.

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