The Trail to Success Knight Campbell Video

Evolve Your Leadership & Military Experience

You’ve dedicated your life to service. A NOLS course can honor your experience and create opportunities to take your skills to new heights.

Born in part from our founder Paul Petzoldt’s service in the 10th Mountain Division in World War II, today NOLS is a leading source of expedition-based leadership training and wilderness medicine certifications and has been serving military members for decades.

With NOLS, service members will find course options for every phase in their career, from ROTC and officer candidates to active duty members to veterans. We are committed to offering experiences that complement and enhance your training—and your life.

NOLS Expeditions U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Leadership Video


Explore remote wilderness areas around the world, structured around NOLS’ respected leadership curriculum.


Wilderness Medicine Courses

Learn to recognize, treat, and prevent emergencies in the outdoors and earn valued certifications.

Courses Eligible for Veterans Benefits

Courses for Active Duty & Reserve

Custom Training

Blog: Stories from the Wild

Bryan Sarg lying on a spring bed frame with snowshoes on out in the backcountry.

My NOLS semester was a great opportunity to translate my leadership skill set as a veteran for the wilderness of the civilian world.

Bryan Sarg Wilderness Medicine and Rescue Semester 2017, USMC Helicopter Pilot


Connect with the NOLS Military Advisor

Learn more about using your VA benefits, our service academy expeditions, or creating a customized training for your unit. Fill out this form to connect with our military advisor.