Jungle Operations Training Center
Definition/Scope: The Jungle Operations Training Center (JOTC) was a facility run by U.S. Army South (USARSO) that trained U.S. and Latin American personnel in jungle warfare and survival techniques. Founded in 1951, the JOTC trained about 9,000 U.S. and Latin American soldiers each year in jungle survival techniques, land navigation, waterborne operations, and combat tactics. The last rotation through the JOTC took place in March 1999. The cadre at Fort Sherman’s jungle school trained soldiers from the United States and around the world to fight and survive in the jungle. In a relatively compact training area, the JOTC at Fort Sherman provided virtually a full range of jungle terrain and vegetation -- tall grass lands, mountains, swamps, blue and brown water, single and double canopy jungle. With its signature three-week Jungle Warfare Course, JOTC trained 11 U.S. Army light infantry, Ranger and Marine infantry battalions, more than 7,000 soldiers, per year. Soldiers were taught the basics of jungle survival, including waterborne training, in the first week, then advance to squad, platoon, company and battalion-size exercises over the next two weeks. In addition, more than 1,000 soldiers a year were taught the basics of jungle warfare to serve as the opposing forces for the rotational battalions. The JOTC also taught a 10-day AirCrew Survival Course, open to all branches of service, and a four-week Engineer Jungle Warfare Course.
Use:Jungle Warfare Training Center
Broader Terms:US Army, South, Combatant Command, GEO
Related Terms:Fort Sherman