Phase 1: Get Real

Who are you, beneath the surface? What’s holding you back from becoming the man God created you to be? It’s time to do battle.

Basic Training is the first of three life-changing phases that ALERT offers to young men, to prepare them for the responsibilities and challenges that come with Godly manhood. In nine intensive weeks of boot camp, you’ll confront the unhealthy self-focus you were born with, and you’ll be challenged to maintain a lifestyle of service to others in Christ’s name.


Basic Training focuses on developing personal discipline, attention to detail, endurance, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, time management, and healthy spiritual habits such as Scripture reading and memorization. Training highlights include wilderness survival, rope systems, land navigation, response drills, and multi-day hiking.

The depth and scope of our training have been proven to deepen a man’s walk with the Lord, cause a rapid growth in his maturity, and develop in him the confidence to face significant life challenges. The concepts taught in this phase are foundational to the skills that will be introduced during Phase 2 of ALERT training.

Are you ready?

ALERT Basic Training’s structure is similar to a military boot camp, and it’s designed to stretch and challenge you beyond your perceived limits. Here are some things you can do to be more prepared for the rigors of Basic.

Preparing for Basic Training

Eligibility & Application