What is the International Ground Sign Awareness Instructor Course?

Aim of the Course

To train international personnel in the knowledge and skills required to instruct Ground Sign Awareness (GSA) techniques and procedures in all environments.

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

  • Sergeant to Major (OF-3).
  • IELTS Band 6.
  • Students should hold a Parent Nation instructors qualification.


One (1) week, with two (2) courses per year.


DEMS Bicester.

Outline of Course

The candidate will be instructed in the following GSA disciplines in accordance with current UK military doctrine:

  • Basics of tracking.
  • Facts and Deductions.
  • Urban GSA.
  • Night GSA.
  • Basic Counter-Explosive Ordnance.

Trainees will receive theory and practical training in procedures and techniques used in the skill of GSA. Lessons are roughly split 60%-40% practical to theory meaning a large portion of the course is spent outside. Students are tested to the same standard as the UK course variant.

Qualifications Gained

Students are assessed to the same standard as UK personnel. International students will receive either a Pass Certificate or a Certificate of Attendance depending on results.


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