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  •  18 April, 2023 - 20 April, 2023
     08:00 - 17:00

Operational Skills and Survival Tactics (OSST) April 18-20, 2023

Samarcand Training Academy 3600 Samarcand Road, Jackson Springs, NC 27281

Phone: (910) 466-4165

Fee:  There is no fee for this course.

Registration:  If registering more than one officer, please email with the names and business email addresses of the other officers who will be in attendance.

Length: 3 days (24 Hours)

Designed For: Sworn law enforcement and corrections officers – federal, state, or local.

Prerequisites: Attendees must be sworn law enforcement

Lodging, Meals and Incidentals:  Samarcand provides lodging and meals at no cost to students. Students must stay in overnight lodging to be eligible for meals.

If you intend to use provided housing, students must fill out a lodging request form provided by NCNG CDP. Event registration will close 15 April in order to allow the facility adequate time to properly plan and prepare for student arrival.

Instructor:  Kevin Dylus (Blue Ridge Marksmanship)

Description:  This hands-on three (3) day (24) hour course focuses on eight essential disciplines needed for increased safety and survival. OSST emphasizes the primary physical and emotional framework necessary for longevity as an officer.

Course curriculum includes:

  1. Injured officer/ Tactical medical considerations
  2.  Tactical Pistol Marksmanship. This segment includes pistol manipulation and marksmanship training. (Officers are encouraged to bring 200+ rounds of ammunition)
  3.  Breaching. This portion exposes the learner to room entry techniques, manual and ballistic breaching, and room clearing techniques. There is no one way to engage in these activities, so the student will be exposed to some of the various techniques available.
  4.  Close Quarter Battle. Students will learn defensive and offensive skills for scenarios ranging from conflicts within vehicles to open area threats.
  5.  Edged Weapons. (Offense and Defense) Students will be given a brief primer which includes demo’s and practical exercises.
  6.  Counter Surveillance. Students will learn basic counter-surveillance techniques including: surveillance detection routes, situational awareness, evasive movement.
  7. Combat Mindset. The instructor will discuss the mindset needed for survival.
  8. Low visibility operations. Planning and executing operations under low light/limited illumination.

Attire & Equipment: Comfortable field attire is encouraged. This class is geared toward officers performing in their duty environment, so feel free to wear what you work in.


Packing List as follows:
Duty Pistol with holster with min 3 mags
Duty AR-15 with min 3 mags
700 Pistol Rounds (range ammunition)
500 AR-15 Rounds (range ammunition)
Duty Gear / Uniform
Plate Carrier if issued
Hand Held Light
Weapon Mounted light Pistol/AR-15 (Optional)
Spare Batteries
Hearing Protection
Eye Protection
Water bottle(s)
Extra Unit Patch (will explain at the end of day one)
Knee pads (optional)
Lubrication for pistol/ AR-15
Tourniquet (Please bring both your issued TQ and if you can get a training TQ bring that as well.) We will have some training for students to borrow.

MANTA training is provided free of charge to Law Enforcement Officers through a Governor’s Crime Commission Grant and the NC National Guard Counterdrug Program.
For more information or to receive help in registering for a class, contact us at:



Venue Phone: 910-673-0651

Venue Website:

3600 Samarcand Road, Jackson Springs, North Carolina, 27281, United States


Occupying 430 acres in Moore County, Samarcand Training Academy provides correctional, in-service, law enforcement and advanced law enforcement training.

A 2013 North Carolina General Assembly allocation of $10.4 million has been used to convert the former Samarkand Manor into a corrections and law enforcement training center for the Department of Public Safety. Samarcand has six classrooms, dormitory space capable of housing overnight students, and a cafeteria.

The primary purpose of the academy is to conduct basic training for correctional officers, probation/parole officers and juvenile justice employees, as well as other in-service training.  The law enforcement agencies within DPS will be able to use Samarcand to conduct in-service and advanced training programs, while other local, state and federal agencies may also conduct training at the facility from time to time.