Friday night check-in begins when the site opens for recruits, and runs until orientation at 2000.
When you arrive you will check in with the Cadre. Your gear will be inspected and you will be assigned your roster number.
Orientation from the Commandant is at 2000. Immediately following orientation is the Safety Certification class. This class is optional...but it contains material you will be tested on later.
Every recruit is expected to be on-site in time for orientation. If for some reason you miss orientation, it's on you to find out what you need to do. Your Recruit Squad Leader can help with that. No uniforms are required for Friday night.
During the course of BATC, you will have to pass a series of qualifications and tests. The first thing expected of you is to be properly equipped. Upon arrival a member of the Cadre will be checking your gear to make sure you have all the required items. If you don't have it, you may have time to get it...but the bottom line is you will be sent home if you are not ready to train.
Make sure you double-check the required gear list and have everything.
There is not a lot of space in the bunkhouse, so we recommend you pack only what you need and store your gear in the locker/shower room. Keep your gear secured at all times.
The A-frame bunkhouse has 12 beds (six bunk beds). We also have extra mattresses so people can sleep on the floor if neccessary. By beds, we mean mattresses. Bring your own blankets, pillows, or sleeping bags.
The kitchen has a fridge, stove, oven, microwave, and pots & pans. You use it, you wash it. Easy-to-prepare meals are recommended. If you need bowls, plates, etc. I recommend bringing your own.
The kitchen will be available for use during breaks and mealtimes. Make sure you clean as you go. If we find the bunkhouse, kitchen, or other areas trashed, we're going to pause the training schedule until it's cleaned up. We have to clean the site before leaving on Sunday. Everyone will help with this.
Plan for cold, wet and muddy weather. Barring a typhoon or extreme cold (below zero) training will take place, rain or shine. The extended forecast calls for cold but sunny weather. Last year we were hit with a blizzard on Friday night, but the weather was pretty nice (all things considered) on Saturday and Sunday. Dress accordingly and have some kind of rain gear.
We've got a lot of training to do in a short period of time. You will be expected to be where you need to be, on time and with the correct equipment. Pay attention to what the Cadre and your Squad Leader/Team Leader tell you.
Instead of "Pass/Fail" we refer to test results as "Go/NoGo."
To be awarded the BATC badge, a recruit needs to score "Go" on all phases of the BATC program. This includes practical exercises, a final exam, and Cadre Review.
The BATC standard is 3 attempts for any exercise/test.
Yes, some trainees have been recycled through BATC! (Many of them return to graduate successfully) It's important we maintain standards to ensure the integrity of the program. If we just gave out BATC badges to anyone who showed up, they wouldn't mean anything.1st NoGo - Cadre reviews the trainee's answer/performance and explains why it is incorrect.
2nd NoGo - Cadre reviews the traininig subject with the trainee.
3rd NoGo - Cadre provides remedial instruction to the trainee.
4th NoGo- Trainee is given the opportunity to recycle and attend BATC at a later date.
The Cadre are determined to help you perform to your best potential, and BATC is a challenging but rewarding program. Your skills will develop as the course progresses...and the classmates you work side-by-side with help you too.
BATC is a lot of fun, and it's also very intense. Because of the schedule, you won't see a lot of downtime and you'll be constantly on the move. At the end of the day, you'll get plenty of sleep - because you will need it. But on Sunday afternoon when you receive your badge, you will feel you've earned it.
In the past, when we had recruits from the same team or group sign up, we kept these "teams" together. Unfortunately, we found this interfered with the training program. Here's why:My buddy and I signed up and you put us on different teams. Why can't we be on the same team?
BATC is designed to teach individual skills first. When players on the same "team" gravitate towards each other, we found that they weren't so much concentrating on individual skills as they were acting as an ad-hoc "team" within their assigned BATC team.
Another problem we encountered is that once these players start pairing up, they tend to focus on past tactics they have used together, rather than what we're trying to teach them at BATC.
What we're looking for is to start out everyone on the same footing, as an individual player. As the weekend moves along, these individual BATC recruits build integrity within their teams and learn valuable lessons about teamwork.
We also want to prepare recruits for a typical Airsoft experience - at large scale scenario games, you will often find yourself paired up with players you don't know, and have never played with.
So be aware, you probably won't be teamed up with your longtime Airsoft buddy - but don't let that discourage you. The friendships formed during BATC cycles are just another great part of BATC.
Any other questions? Post them here for answers.
Use of tracers during the night game is not only allowed, it's encouraged.Can I use tracers for the night game?
Yes, that's no problem. There is a parking lot next the the A-Frame.Will we have close access to our cars? Can't we store stuff in our car?