OTOA Basic SWAT School

Principle Based Decision Making

Advanced SWAT School Overview


The OTOA Advanced SWAT school is a 4 - day, 32 - hour training course intended for experienced tactical team or task force officers.

This hands-on, high-intensity course will enhance the principles taught in the OTOA Basic SWAT class and introduce to the student advanced tactics and techniques.

Topics will include immediate action drills, enhanced firearms proficiency, advanced skill builders, hostage rescue principles, and operating in small teams.


 

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The following is a detailed list of what the OTOA recommends each student bring to the 4-day Advanced SWAT training

List of equipment - MANDATORY


BODY ARMOR / BALLISTICS 
Body Armor is MANDATORY for this class.

Any of the following three options are acceptable:

  • Level III “Tactical” body armor 
  • Plate carrier and Level II or Level III soft body armor
  • If you DO NOT have "Tactical Body Armor", Concealable Level II or Level III body armor is acceptable 

Ballistic helmet


FIREARMS 

Primary Weapon System
 (long gun) AR-15 variant or sub-gun 
(3) 30-round magazines at a minimum are required  (4) 30-round magazines are optimal
All rifles and sub guns are required to have slings mounted 
All rifles and sub guns are required to be zeroed BEFORE day one of SWAT week 
Weapon mounted light mandatory. Bring extra batteries.

Secondary Weapon System (pistol) 
(3) pistol magazines minimum 
 Weapon mounted light recommended.

Ammunition 
500 rounds For EACH weapon system - NO GREEN TIP, ARMOR PIERCING OR STEEL CORE AMMO


FORCE – ON – FORCE EQUIPMENT 

Force on Force conversion kits and marking cartridges for AR platform rifles (5.56/.223 ONLY) will be provided to each student in the course that does not have agency owned force on force conversion kits and marking cartridges.  

Students are encouraged to bring agency owned weapon conversation kits and marking cartridges.

Simunition © FX .556mm marking cartridges are not permitted in any OTOA training UNLESS otherwise approved by the OTOA training manager.
All other Simunition © branded marking cartridges in 9mm and .38 caliber are permitted.

OTOA RED TEAM trainers are all certified Scenario and Safety Certification Training Course graduates.


PERSONAL & OTHER EQUIPMENT

ANY / ALL EQUIPMENT for a “call out” or SWAT / SRT activation

  • Tactical team or training uniform – mandatory
  • Gloves – we recommend gloves compatible with weapons manipulation
  • Gas Mask and Filter 
  • Clear wrap-around eye protection – mandatory on range day
  • Hearing protection – mandatory on range day
  • Ball cap – mandatory on range day
  • Pen and notebook – mandatory for each day
  • Water and food – NO MEALS ARE PROVIDED 
  • Bug spray and sunblock - recommended
  • Inclement weather gear for both cold and wet weather - recommended
  • Simunition © / Ultimate Training Munition (UTM) /Force on Force protective gear – recommended

Optional Equipment

  • Breaching Tools
  • Ballistic Shields
  • Mirrors

Medical

If you are allergic to bees, outdoor plants, or animals, please bring your epinephrine pen or other medication.

Life-threatening allergies and pre-existing injuries or conditions must be reported to the OTOA training staff on day-one of training.

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