Incoming Pathfinder Student Information

  1. Travel, lodging, meals, and transportation
    1. Non-ATRRS Slots (Walk-On): All students must have either, a guaranteed ATRRS slot or a "wait" in the ATRRS system to enter the Pathfinder Course. Students that do not have a slot in the ATRRS system will not be considered for entry into the course and be told to return to their parent unit.
    2. Order Issuing Officials will not authorize travel unless the Soldier has a confirmed ATRRS reservation.
    3. Lodging is not available through the US Army Pathfinder School. Students attending the Pathfinder Course must report to the Fort Benning Lodging Office (Abrams Hall) Building 1670, 7350 Ingersoll Road for room assignments. The goal is to lodge all Army military students on post. Under PAL (Privatization of Army Lodging) only students with a valid ATRRS reservation are entitled to a room in Abrams Hall at the Army's expense. Students with an ATRRS wait status or students who are walk-ons will not be funded through the Military Specific Training Allotment (MSTA)/Institutional Directed Training Lodging and Meals (ITDLM) funding. The sending unit of students with an ATRRS wait or walk-on status must pay the lodging expense and hold the room with a valid form of payment (credit card) as with any privately owned facility. Students arriving without a valid ATRRS reservation may request to stay in Abrams Hall on a space available basis and must provide a means of payment upon arrival. Currently there is no off-post lodging agreement, students who arrive without a reservation (in ATRRS or at Abrams Hall) will have to make their own arrangements for lodging and pay their own expenses.
    4. Students with a valid ATRRS reservation will eat at installation dining facilities Monday-Friday at the Army's expense (no cost to the Soldier or sending unit). Full meal per diem is required on weekends and Federal Holidays. Meals for students with an ATRRS wait status or walk-on status are NOT funded at the Army's expense. The sending unit must pay the meal expense for the duration of the course.
    5. A rental car or POV travel should be authorized for TDY students. The on-post shuttle bus service is not a viable option due to extended class hours.
    6. This course is three weeks long. If a Federal Holiday falls within the course dates it will be observed. If there is a Federal Holiday during a course, ATRRS automatically pushes the End Date to Monday of week four. Please note that graduation (End Date) will ALWAYS be the last non-holiday day of week THREE.
  2. Reporting Requirements
    1. Students scheduled to attend Pathfinder training must report to Building 2768 NLT 0630 hours on their designated START date (typically a Monday). Students failing to arrive on time will NOT be authorized to enter the course. Map for Inprocessing
    2. Students must have a current APFT Score Card (within the past six months).
    3. Students must report with a complete Packing List (Packing List). A packing list inspection will be conducted during in-processing. Students failing to arrive with their packing list will NOT be authorized to enter the course.
    4. Students must bring a copy of their physical dated within the last five years. They must have a minimum profile serial of 111121 and have no speech impediment. Physicals for airborne qualified personnel must indicate "cleared to participate in airborne operations."
    5. Students must have a copy of their updated ORB/ERB or sister service equivalent on-hand when they report.
    6. An inspection of the items listed above will be conducted at 0630 on the start date. IF ANY OF THE ITEMS ARE MISSING, IT WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DISENROLLMENT.
  3. Course Prerequisites
    1. All applicants must have passed a valid physical examination within five years, have a minimum profile of 11121, have no speech impediment (all service members must be cleared of speech impediments on their physical exam by conducting a "read out load" test or be cleared by a Speech Pathologist in the form of a memorandum), have passed the APFT within the last six months and meet the Army height and weight standards IAW AR 600-9.
    2. Physicals for airborne qualified personnel must indicate "cleared to participate in airborne operations."
    3. Applicants must have six months of service remaining on active duty upon completion of the course.
    4. Officers: Active Army, Reserve, or National Guard Officers in the grades of O-1 through O-3 assigned to a billet documented with the Skill Identifier (SI) "5Q" indicating a requirement to possess Pathfinder skills in the most recent Personnel Management Authorization Document (PMAD) or Updated Authorization Document (UAD). Officers in the following Control Branches are authorized to attend: IN (AOC 11A), AR (AOC 19A), MI (AOC 35D, 35E, 35F or 35G), QM (AOC 92A only), EN (AOC 12A) and Logistics (90A). All other grades and branches require a waiver.
    5. Enlisted MOS: Active Army, Reserve or National Guard Soldiers in the grades of E-3 through E-7 in the following MOS are authorized to attend: 11B, 11C, (11Z must be assigned to a Pathfinder Billet), 15Q, 19D, 88M, 92R (skill levels 3 and 4 only), and 92Y (skill levels 1 through 3). All other grades and MOSs require a waiver. Enlisted applicants must have a GT score of 110 or above.
    6. Other Services: Active and Reserve Marine Corps Officers in the grades of O-1 through O-3 and enlisted personnel in the grades of E-4 through E-7 in logistics and combat arms may attend. Active and Reserve Air Force enlisted personnel serving as combat control team/forward air controllers in the grades of E-5 thought E-7 may attend.
    7. Foreign Students: This course is releasable to military students from foreign countries on a case by case basis. Foreign countries desiring to place students in this course must meet one or more of the following criteria: (1) Have a signed Letter of Intent (2) Have a waiver from HQDA (3) Have USG release for training. Units sponsoring Foreign Students must ensure they meet all course prerequisites prior to reporting for Pathfinder training.
  4. Waivers
  5. Pathfinder Course Overview:
    1. The course is three weeks long and is comprised of a Nomenclature Exam, Sling Load Written Exam, Sling Load Hands-On Test, Helicopter Landing Zone Test, Drop Zone Written Test and a graded FTX. Click here to see course schedule
    2. Students should study the Sling Load Nomenclature prior to attending the course. The Nomenclature Exam will be on Day 2 of the course.
    3. Students should memorize the Sling load Deficiency Sheet and the Aircraft Limitations prior to attending the course. The Aircraft Limitations can be found at Course Study Guide (AKO/CAC Authentication Required), pages 11-19.
    4. Students should study the math commonly used in the US Army Pathfinder School
  6. ATTRS Schedule
  7. Graduation Statistics
    1. 2012: Average class started with 65 Students, graduated 40 (62 %)
    2. 2013: Average class started with 65 Students, graduated 38 (58 %)
    3. 2014: Average class started with 60 Students, graduated 30 (50%)
    4. In 2014, the average class of 60 lost the following: 1 Student for Nomenclature Exam, 2 Students for Sling Loads Written Exam, 13 Students for Sling Load Hands-On Exam, 2 Students for the HLZ Written Exam, and 12 Students for the DZ Written Exam.
  8. Frequently Asked Questions