Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course
Fort Moore, Georgia


Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course (RSLC) is a 26-day program conducted by Echo Company, 4th Ranger Training Battalion in the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade at Fort Moore, GA. The course teaches the fundamentals of dismounted reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition to Soldiers, Noncommissioned Officers, and Officers. What sets RSLC apart from other courses is its focus on mastering reconnaissance and surveillance fundamentals.

RSLC is physically and mentally challenging, where one block of instruction builds upon the next. RSLC culminates in a multi-day, graded, field training exercise (FTX) executed in both urban and woodland environments. During the first week, students execute a seven-hour land navigation course in which they move under load, cross-country, during the day and limited visibility conditions. They receive an introduction to the fundamentals of reconnaissance and surveillance and are taught how to maximize the capabilities of the equipment in the Army’s inventory such as optics, thermals, and camera systems.

Week two begins with a two-day communications class that teaches students how to send messages and data across the frequency spectrum, utilizing High Frequency (HF), Very High Frequency (VHF), and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radios. This skill enables students to send reports and media to their maneuver commander in near real-time. Students learn camouflage techniques, stalking, small unit tactics, and surveillance site construction. Building on this training, students conduct area and zone reconnaissance practical exercises to hone their field craft and improve their reporting formats.

The final two weeks are spent with students learning how to plan an operation using the troop leading procedures (TLPs) while considering various insertion and extraction methods, fires, and contingency plans. Following the orders process, students conduct an airborne operation that can accommodate both static line and Military Free-Fall qualified personnel. This leads into a 48-hour non-graded situational training exercise (STX) where they will execute the mission they just planned under the watchful eye of RSLC instructors, allowing the students to ask questions and receive assistance along the way. Once this mission is complete and after-action reviews (AARs) are conducted, the students go into isolation planning for their graded culminating FTX. Throughout the FTX, students will execute and be graded on all the skills they learned from planning, reconnaissance and surveillance operations, intelligence reporting techniques, communications, fires, and small-unit tactics to name a few. The end result is a graduate with the skill to plan and conduct a myriad of reconnaissance and surveillance operations, enhancing the ability of any organization.

Contact your community respective OccFld Sponsor as indicated within the course info on MCTIMS. In the event you are unable to get a hold of the OccFld Sponsor please email the S3 Operations Officer. 
Check-in goes at 1200 on Sunday. Location is CTA on Camp Cornett. 10654 Hawkes Ave, Fort Moore, GA 31905. Please ensure you have a copy of your orders, Ranger Physical, and any waivers applicable.

-(5) copies of orders

-Ranger Physical

-Rank waiver as needed

Contact the MARDET Operations Officer for any Rank Waiver needed for any E4 trying to attend the course. This waiver needed to be submitted to the MARDET 120 days prior to the course convening. 
Please see the course link below for the most up to date RSLC gear list. 


Atlanta International Airport is approx 90 mins from Fort Benning and is approved in DTS as an authorized airport for travel to Fort Benning. 

Columbus airport is 25 mins from Fort Benning. This is a smaller airport and flights are limited in regards to arriving and departing. Ensurer your flight arrives on time per the prescribed airborne check-in time. 

Rental Car:

Rental cars are limited at Columbus Airport and only operate during standard business hours. Atlanta International Airport has a greater supply of rental cars and operates 24/7.

Billeting is provided by the course for both students with a reservation and students who walk-on.
All students (graduates & drops) will be met by a representative of the MARDET representative immediately after graduation/dismissal to receive detaching orders. This paperwork is required to settle your travel claim. DO NOT LEAVE WITHOUT THESE ORDERS.

Operations Officer:

Office: 706-545-7400

Operations Chief:

Office: 706-545-7400

Personnel must arrive with the following documents on DAY 0, or they will administratively dropped from the course:

-Ranger physical examination (DD 2807-1, DD 2808), and copies of all laboratory or specialized consultations, dated within 18 MONTHS of course start date. Physical examination standards are IAW AR 40-501, Chapter 2, and 5-3. Examination performed as per Chapter 8. (A complete physical includes: completed DD Form 2807/2808 with a MEDICAL DOCTOR and DENTIST signature; current DD Form 2216E (audiogram); a printed copy of all required labs, radiology reports, and EKG as applicable. Below is the link to the examination checklist). 

-Appropriate medical waivers: Medical waivers will be attached to the Ranger Physical or inserted into the Medical Records. See medical waiver section below for more detailed information.

-Soldiers attending a winter class (any class that has any training conducted from 1 OCT - 30 APR of any given year) must have documentation showing they have received their yearly flu shot. Soldiers that do not have the documentation will not be enrolled into the class.

With the advent of ALTHA the computer based record keeping system; medical records will no longer be brought to RSLC by students. RSLC students will only bring a copy of their current physical and a MEDPROS print out that includes a routine immunization summary.

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