By U.S. ArmyJune 24, 2016
The Cold Weather Orientation Course (CWOC) familiarizes commanders and staff officers with the knowledge/skills required in successfully planning and conducting operations in a cold, snow-covered environment. Emphasis is placed on the effects of cold on personnel and material, effects of the winter environment on operations, and planning considerations unique to the winter battlefield and cold regions. Cold weather risk-management procedures are stressed throughout the course of instruction.
1. Enlisted personnel: E-8 and above.
2. Warrant/commissioned officer personnel: CW-3/O-3 and above.
3. This course is open to all Military personnel throughout Department of Defense, with priority to active duty Soldiers and those deploying to mountainous regions. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis as approved by the Commandant, NWTC.
4. There are no P 2 or temporary profile disqualification requirements for this course under the P, U, or L columns of the physical profile. Students cannot have a permanent or temporary profile restricting exposure to cold temperatures. All students must meet minimum physical training, height and weight standards.
5. Soldiers not meeting the prerequisites listed above will need to get approval from the Commandant, NWTC, prior to the start of the course.
6. Students MUST have a Field Meal Card issued by their unit. Special waivers will only be granted with approval from the Commandant, NWTC prior to the start of the course.
7. A security clearance is not required.
C. Reporting Instructions
(1) Due to limited parking at the Black Rapids Training Site, privately owned vehicles and individual government vehicle travel are not authorized.
(a) Fort Wainwright and non-JBER students - report to building designated in welcome letter, at 0700, on the report date. NWTC is responsible for transportation from Fort Wainwright to the Black Rapids Training Site and return. Students will be transported to, and arrive at, the Black Rapids Training Site between 1200 and 1600 on the report date.
(b) JBER students - The USARAK G3 Schools section will arrange bus transportation if there will be at least ten people attending from JBER. The parent unit is responsible for inter-Alaska travel if there will be fewer than ten people traveling from a given post. JBER students will depart for the course 1 day prior to the report date.
(3) There is no separate issue facility at Black Rapids Training Site; attendees arriving without the prescribed clothing and equipment items may be denied admission to the course.
(4) There are no Post Exchange facilities available at the Black Rapids Training Site; attendees must bring adequate personal hygiene items/sundries to last the duration of the course.
All items listed on the packing list for each course will be inspected on day zero for accountability and serviceability. Students arriving with unserviceable or missing equipment will be required to obtain the equipment prior to departing for Black Rapids Training Site or will be required to return to home station. NWTC does not have a supply system to DX or replace missing equipment.