A student of Fort McCoy Cold-Weather Operations Course (CWOC) Class 21-02 participates in cold-water immersion training on January 15, 2021, at Big Sandy Lake on South Post at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.

CWOC students are trained on a variety of cold-weather subjects, including snowshoe training and skiing as well as how to use ahkio sleds and other gear. Training also focuses on terrain and weather analysis, risk management, cold-weather clothing, developing winter fighting positions in the field, camouflage and concealment, and numerous other areas that are important to know in order to survive and operate in a cold-weather environment.

The training is coordinated through the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security at Fort McCoy.

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