MGRS Military Topographic Map Reading Training

Learn critical map reading skills that can save your life


Course Overview

There is much more to reading a map than simply finding roads. In this training, you will learn critical map reading skills, how to correctly analyze and interpret terrain and topography, how to confidently determine routes that exploit terrain to your advantage, how to correctly determine your location and the location of other unknown points, and much more.

Your experienced military veteran instructors will carefully and fully explain every concept, and guide you through to understanding and confidence in your new skills. A test is given at the end of the training to allow you to apply and prove your knowledge and understanding.

This 8 hour course is primarily classroom training and is suitable for all skill levels. Families and groups are welcome. This training can be conducted in any suitable location. Group and family discounts are available.

This training is based on the Military Grid Reference System (MGRS), which is a simpler, modified derivative of the UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) system.

Military map reading training class

Students in a military map reading training class



Training Topics

Topics covered in this training include, but are not limited to:

  • The Military Grid Reference System (MGRS)
  • Colors Used on a Map and Meanings
  • Marginal Information
  • Topographic Lines and Symbols
  • Interpreting Contour Intervals
  • Interpreting Terrain Features
  • Determining Map Distance
  • Determining Linear (Road) Distance
  • Protractor Use
  • Determining & Plotting Grid Coordinates
  • Determing Grid (Map) Azimuths
  • Determining Back Azimuths
  • Components of a Lensatic Compass
  • Using a Lensatic Compass
  • Shooting a Magnetic Azimuth
  • G-M Angles & Converting Azimuths
  • Intersection
  • Resection
  • Knowledge Check



Required & Recommended Equipment

To be determined...


Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
Cost: $85 per person
(Group & family discounts available)





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