To enable soldiers from different branches and foreign forces to appreciate and understand the challenges of operating in challenging, mountainous terrain, the U.S. Army Mountain Warfare School in Vermont offers military mountaineering training.
The U.S. Army Mountain Warfare School, located in Vermont, provides military mountaineering training to around 1,000 students annually from various branches and foreign militaries. The school offers five courses, including the Basic Military Mountaineer Course (BMCC) and the Advanced Military Mountaineer Course (AMCC), as well as specialized courses such as the Rough Terrain Evacuation Course, the Mountain Planners Course, and the Mountain Rifleman Course. Graduates from the BMCC earn the Military Mountaineer Badge. The training involves land navigation, high-angle marksmanship, first aid, casualty evacuation, and ascending and descending techniques. The ultimate goal is to produce soldiers who can take what they learn at school and apply that knowledge when training with their parent units.