This course is intended to introduce the novice student to the basic concepts of animal packing. These basic techniques must be mastered before the student can move on to any advanced packing tactical operations considering terrain, weather, or low visibility operations in denied territory. Subjects will address animal configuration and maintenance to include basic animal first aid, equipment types and maintenance, packing of side and top loads, animal handling and movement techniques. This course is conducted in both the classroom and field environment in daylight hours and moderate terrain. The student must demonstrate proficiency in these techniques prior to moving on to any of the advanced courses. Students spend as much time as possible with and around the animals in order to build confidence and gain packing experience.