AS OF 05 JUN 2006

The training location is at the US Army Engineer Center, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri  65473-6400.
To train selected soldiers in leadership skills, combat engineer and infantry battle drills, and the specialized engineer and infantry techniques required to perform as members of combined arms teams.  To build cohesion and increase the confidence.
Designed to train and develop junior leaders in a team building environment, to perform proficiently and confidently on battle drills, specialized light engineer and infantry techniques and leadership skills needed to perform in a contemporary operating environment. The course is also designed to build esprit de corps and teamwork by training them in demolitions (conventional and expedient), mountaineering operations, aerial operations, land navigation, waterborne operations, urban breaching, MOUT operations, threat weapons, combatives, threat doctrine, troop leading procedures and combat orders. The course is taught over 28 consecutive days and combines both classroom instruction and hands-on application. The course culminates with an intense field training exercise to reinforce the use of the battle drills, patrolling and specialized techniques learned throughout the course

Male or Female volunteer, Active or Reserve Component officer (0-3 or below including cadets) or enlisted (E-4 (P) or above) of any combat or combat support branch of service with priority of fill to 21B, 19D, and 11B MOS's and combat and combat support branch officers. Enlisted applicant in the grade of E-4 must submit a request for waiver, (endorsed by the individuals company and battalion commanders), to the applicants first 0-5 in the chain of command. The waiver will include include the most recent APFT results and time served in leadership positions. The approved waiver must accompany the Soldier upon arrival at Sapper Leader Course. 

Under no circumstances will enlisted soldiers below the rank of Specialist be allowed to attend the Sapper Leader Course. Any soldier arriving to the course below the rank of Specialist will be returned to his home station immediately.

MEDICAL     (Medical and dental records are NOT required.)
A physical examination record (DA2808) must accompany the student when reporting, be dated, within 18 months
of report date, and state the applicant is medically qualified to attend “Sapper”, “Ranger”, “SFAS”, or “Airborne” training.  Students must also bring blood test results to include electrolyte composition.  All test results must be dated within 18 months.  Students must also provide documentation showing them to be in Category I dental status.       

Previous heat injuries are prohibited from attending the summer classes (May – Aug). Previous cold weather injuries are prohibited from attending the winter classes (Sep - Apr).

Applicants must pass the APFT (with a minimum of 180 total points, and at least 60% in each event in their age group) and meet the height and weight requirements IAW AR 600-9. The applicants battalion commander will certify that the applicant is proficient in the following tasks: combat water survival test, 5 mile run (8-minute/mile pace), 12-mile foot march ( 15-minute/mile pace) with 35-pound rucksack, and day and night land navigation.

Student will report with a Battalion Commanders statement certifying the applicant is proficient in the following military skills needed for successful completion of the Sapper Leader Course:

Operate SINCGARS/ASIP Single-channel

(STP 7-11B1-SM-TG, 113-587-2070)

Prepare SINCGARS/ASIP (manpack) for operation

(STP 7-11B1-SM-TG, 113-587-2064)

Navigate from one point on the ground while dismounted   

(STP 21-1-SMCT, 071-329-1006)

Load an M16 Series Rifle

(STP 21-1-SMCT, 071-311-2027)

Maintain an M240B Machine Gun

(STP 21-1-SMCT, 071-312-4025)

Maintain Night Vision Device, AN?PVS-14

(STP 7-11B1-SM-TG, 071-706-0002)

Maintain an M16 or M4 Series rifle

(STP 21-1-SMCT, 071-311-2025)

Move as a member of a fire team

(STP 7-11B1-SM-TG, 071-326-0501)

Unload an M249 Machine Gun

(STP 21-1-SMCT, 071-312-4028)

Load an M249 Machine Gun

(STP 21-1-SMCT, 071-312-4027)

Prepare a range card for a machine gun

(STP 21-1-SMCT, 071-000-0005)

Construct demolition initiating sets

(STP 5-12B1-SM, 052-193-1312)

Prime Military Explosives

(STP 5-12B1-SM, 052-193-1311)

Identify characteristics of military demolitions and explosives   

(STP 5-12B1-SM, 052-193-1313)

Construct demolition firing systems

(STP 5-12B1-SM, 052-193-1310)

Perform as a member of a patrol

(STP 7-11B1-SM-TG, 071-331-0001)

Camouflage yourself and your individual equipment

(STP 21-1-SMCT, 052-191-1361)

Unload an M16, M4 or M4A1 carbine

(STP 21-1-SMCT, 071-100-0004)

All units must conduct Combat Water Survival Testing prior to arrival and must provide a list to the Sapper Training Detachment (STD) on in-processing day noting swimmers, weak swimmers, and non-swimmers.  While passing the CWST is not required for attendance, it is required to identify weak and non swimmers.  The CWST will not be conducted at the Sapper Leader Course.  All students must have at least attempted the CWST.

Combat Water Survival Test (CWST) consists of three stations: (1) The 15–meter swim––swim 15 meters with rifle, wearing fatigues, boots, and LCE equipment (pistol belt, suspenders, two ammunition pouches, and two full canteens), without the loss of rifle or equipment and without showing unusual signs of fear or panic. (2) Equipment removal––enter from poolside, submerge to a depth of 3 meters, discard weapon and LCE equipment (as above), surface, and swim to poolside without showing unusual signs of fear or panic. (3) The 3–meter drop––walk blindfolded off a 3–meter diving board with weapon and LCE equipment. After entering water, remove blindfold and swim to poolside without loss of equipment or weapon and without showing unusual signs of fear or panic.

Individuals and Units must meet the prerequisites stated above. Unit commanders must request slots to the Sapper Leader Course through their S-3/schools channels. Example, a commander at Fort Hood would send their request through their BN, BDE, DIV and CORP operations (S-3/G-3) channels. The S-3/G-3 will submit an A-1 application utilizing the Army Training Requirements and Resource System (ATRRS). The applications will be reviewed by the Specialized Training Management Branch for approval or disapproval. Questions concerning the prerequisites should be directed to Questions concerning seat availability and class dates can be addressed to

Release from the Sapper Leader Course for misconduct or refusal to train requires a waiver from the soldier’s battalion commander for the soldier to return to the course.  The soldier can return no earlier than one year after dismissal.

All other releases or students who receive a certificate of attendance may return to the course no earlier than six months from departure from the course.