The USACE BCMP (Base Camp Master Planning) Course focuses on the planning processes related to base camp development in a theater of operations. It uses the military decision making process (MDMP), operational variables, and mission variables, as a way to focus the course on supporting the warfighter and the operational impacts of base camp planning. The course combines lectures and practical exercises that reinforce course content. Students are integrated into multi-disciplinary teams and are required to produce decision briefings, land use plans, facilities requirements, and general site plans.
The USACE BCMP (Base Camp Master Planning) Course is a course of instruction that describes the base camp planning and design process. The base camp master planning process consists of preliminary planning, location selection, land use planning, facility requirements development, general site planning, design guide and programming, maintaining base camp development plans, and base cleanup and closure. It uses the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) format and as a guide to explaining the process. In addition the operational and mission variables are discussed at length as a way for engineer planners to gain understanding of the environment in which base camps are planned and the operational impacts that base camp development can have.
The USACE Base Camp Master Planning Course consists of ten lecture sections and two practical exercises. The lecture sections follow the base camp development planning process. One of two different scenarios (Djibouti (AFRICOM) or Afghanistan (CENTCOM)) is used as a basis for the practical exercises, and although the practical exercises give the students the opportunity to apply the planning principles that were covered by the instructors in the lectures, the exercises are framed in such a way that students of various education and experience backgrounds can bring diverse and imaginative solutions to the practical exercises.
Examples of key areas of emphasis that are covered in the course include mission analysis, location selection, land use planning, facilities development requirements, general site planning, and base camp clean up and closure. During the practical exercises, students must demonstrate basic proficiency in the areas of emphasis and produce a military decision briefing for a notional brigade combat team (BCT) commander and staff for each of the practical exercises. Special products produced include a land use plan, tabulation of existing and required facilities (TAB) report, and a general site plan.
The instructors are U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civilians serving in key master planning, architect, engineer, and technical positions in CONUS and overseas Engineer Districts. The course targets USACE FFE team personnel, Army master planners, engineers, architects, and other military and governmental agency personnel who could be involved in an effort to plan the development of a base camp. To that end, the challenges of interfacing with base camp users and host nation representatives are significant points that are underscored by the Instructors in the lectures and the practical exercises.
This course includes training on JCMS (Joint Construction Mgmt System) software during the first two days.
Action: Plan a theater of operations base camp.
Conditions: In a classroom, using information presented in briefing slides; Engineer Pamphlet (EP) 1105-3-1, Base Camp Development in the Theater of Operations; and other selected references.
Standards: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the base camp development planning (BCDP) process and selected analytical tools to facilitate the process.
Prior training preferred (not required): FFE Level 1 and Level 2; Google Earth.
- Preliminary Planning
- Location Selection
- Land Use Planning
- Facilities Requirements Development
- Base Camp Infrastructure
- Base Camp Cleanup and Closure
Course instructors are USACE civilians serving in key billets with a wide range of experience in engineering, architecture, master planning, and reachback operations. Additional contract personnel with former military experience provide the perspective of military planners and commanders.
There is no cost associated with attending the course; however, travel, lodging and per diem are a sending unit responsibility.