Over the last few summers, we have been fortunate that the newest members have either remained in the Boston area for much of the break or been able to routinely visit. This has allowed us to spend some time doing remedial training on the skills learned in Candidate Term, as well as to learn a host of other skills which will be useful when operating as B-12 cadre.

Our training has focused on ensuring solid competence at existing skills and then developing the scheduling, operational planning, communications, administrative, and technical skills necessary for the successful execution of Candidate Term during the upcoming academic year. We hope to welcome some more new members in the Fall.

Not all of our training lends itself to being photographed, but below are some pictures from some our more visually interesting sessions:

Terrain Walk

Members recon a training area, Summer 2016.

Summer Training

Members prepare for a training event, Summer 2016.

Escape and Evasion

Part of escape and evasion training, Summer 2016.

Rescue Scenarios

A member undergoing rescue scenario training, Summer 2016.

Land Navigation

A member checks her azimuth during land navigation continuing education, Summer 2016.


A member briefs a portion of an upcoming training event, Summer 2016.

Member Training

A member practicing tent setup, Summer 2015.


Members practice deploying a radio antenna to establish a radio network, Summer 2015.

Rope Work

Rope anchoring training, Summer 2015.

Vehicle Maintenance

Vehicle maintenance training, Summer 2015.

Land Navigation

Plotting their points, Summer 2015.

Land Navigation

Members on a land navigation exercise at night, Summer 2015.

Land Navigation

A new member plots his land navigation points during Member Training. Summer 2014.

Land Navigation

Checking out the compass. Summer 2014.

Night Land Navigation

No compass allowed, even at night. Members learn how to navigate at night by using only terrain association. Summer 2014.

Night Land Navigation

A trainer verifies a plotted point. Summer 2014.

Night LandNav

Members before entering the woods for training. Summer 2014.


A new member works through a landnav theory problem. Summer 2014.

Radio Communications

New members learn how to set up radio stations and networks for communication during operations. Summer 2014.

Rope Work

New members refresh their knowledge of knots during Rope Work training. Summer 2014.

Medical Training

A tourniquet is applied to a casualty. Summer 2014.

Medical Training

Ventilations are provided to a trauma patient. Summer 2014.


B-12 members view a presentation on how to effectively develop lesson plans and teach classes, in preparation for doing just that as B-12 cadre during the next Candidate Term. Summer 2014.

Medical Training

A member demonstrates how to assess and treat a casualty. Summer 2014.

Medical Training

A new member practices the Modified Jaw Thrust method of opening the airway of a trauma patient. Summer 2014.

Operational Training

A new member performs a full body assessment on a casualty, simulated by one of the alumni who assist in Member Training. Summer 2014.


During a familiarization exercise and terrain walk for Operation STEADFAST LIGHTNING, a new member is briefed on the intricacies of planning and running the operation by the member who was in charge of it during the most recent Candidate Term. Summer 2014.

Radio Communications Training

B-12 uses radio communications for accountability, safety, and operational coordination during most of its training operations, so members have to learn how to set up supporting radio stations and networks. Here, two members practice rigging an antenna for subsequent elevation, before bringing a makeshift Tactical Operations Center (TOC) online. Summer 2014.

Land Navigation

A member is shown an antique military vehicle during a break in a MOUT training exercise conducted by a local B-12 asset. Summer 2014.

Operational Training

Members hitch a ride. Summer 2014.

Rope Work Training

A new member learns the principles and practices of setting secure climbing and rappelling anchors. Summer 2014.


“This is way more fun than Candidate Term.” Summer 2014.

Advanced Land Navigation

Sometimes “advanced” training means learning to do without. Here, a new member accurately plots points and determines an azimuth without using a protractor. Summer 2014.

Advanced Land Navigation

No compass allowed. During Advanced Land Navigation training, members learn how to successfully navigate long distances using only a map. Summer 2014.

Rock Climbing

A senior member attempts to overcome a roof during one of the more fun parts of Member Training. Summer 2014.

Rock Climbing

An alumnus negotiates an awkward ledge. Summer 2014.