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If you would like to attend any of the courses please submit the on-line registration form. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required in order to process your registration and conduct a background check.

Our most commonly asked questions:

Does HDSOC training guarantee employment?
No. While our parent company prefers to hire HDSOC training graduates, there is no promise or guarantee of employment as a result of attending training.

Do other Private Military Companies and Contracting companies recognize HDSOC training?
Some companies have accepted our graduates ‘as-is" without re-training. The bulk of security contracts require a strict vetting and qualification process. As was mentioned earlier, the training isn't to get you the job; it's to keep you alive once you're in a position to need the skills we teach here at HDSOC.

What agencies recognize your training?
Many of our courses have been certified by the Nevada Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST.) This assures you that the curriculum has been approved by a state level review board and will earn you POST training credits toward promotion or advanced certifications. Though we have not approached other states with our training, it is our experience that many states offer reciprocity for POST courses taken out of state. In other words, if you live outside Nevada your state may very well accept our course for credit at home. You should check with your POST council or similar committee to verify this prior to attending training.

I'm flying in and can't bring much ammunition. Can HDSOC provide ammunition for my course?
Yes. Although you can fly with limited amounts of ammunition we understand that it may not suffice for some of our courses. We will provide ammunition for your course at an added cost. Our ammunition is provided by The Hunting Shack and meets or exceeds industry standards. The cost is typically well below retail.

I don't own any weapons. Can HDSOC provide weapons for me to use?
Yes. HDSOC has a supply of student weapons that can be added to the cost of your course. Please be sure to indicate that you need our weapons on your form. Keep in mind that the rates are daily, charged for each day you actually use the weapon. The weapons are maintained by HDSOC.

I don't have any body armor or tactical gear. Does HDSOC rent this equipment?
Yes. Our body armor is Level II and Level IV, dependant on your course needs. We have a supply of typically used tactical gear (magazine pouches, chest harnesses, etc.) and helmets available for rent.

What weapons does HDSOC use?
We use a variety of modern firearms that include M-4 Carbines, Remington Model 700 rifles, Sig Sauer pistols, Smith and Wesson pistols, and DPMS LR-308 rifles. We also have AK-47 rifles, shotguns, and other weapons to assist in training.

I'm flying into Reno- Tahoe International Airport. Can you pick me up?
Maybe. If the course tuition includes full service (transportation, room, and board) we'll be picking you and the other students up. If it does not include full service but you need special arrangements, we can consider that on a case by case basis. If we have an instructor in the area when you arrive, we'll be glad to bring you to Hawthorne. Keep in mind, Hawthorne is 2.5 hours from Reno.

How do I get to Hawthorne?
For detailed directions, our address can be entered into any of the popular web searches. Just copy and paste: 410 E Street, Hawthorne Nevada, 89415.

What is the weather REALLY like?
During the summer, days can be in the low triple digits (100° or better) and nights can drop to below 70°. The weather is dry and dusty except for Spring, which is a little wet from the Winter thaw. Be hydrated when you arrive.

Winter months vary but snow is not uncommon from late November to early February. Temperatures also vary and can be extremely cold (mid-day well below freezing) to unseasonably warm. Please check the current weather service outlooks prior to attending your course.

Hawthorne is in a valley near Mount Grant. The town is at 4,250 feet. For some, the altitude is not an obstacle. For others, it is quite a challenge. If you've never worked at this elevation or higher, take your time and don't over do things.

Does HDSOC do financing?
No. We don't have a capacity for financing right now. We are looking into some alternatives that include use of the Montgomery GI Bill.

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Please complete the enrollment questions below. Once you have submitted the registration form a representative from HD-SOC will contact you. We reserve the right to deny entry to any course candidate or registrant.

I agree to a background check as part of the HD-SOC course registration proces.
In order to process your registration we would like you to answer the following questions:
2.Have you ever been convicted of domestic violence?
3. Are you now, or have you ever been, on formal or informal Probation or Parole?.
4. Have you ever had a restraining order served against
5.Have you ever been associated with a terrorist organization?.
6.Do you have a drug, alcohol, or substance abuse problem?
7. Have you ever been diagnosed with a psychological, mental, or emotional problem?
8. Do you have any disabilities that would interfere with training or performing security duties?
9. Has anyone promised you a job as a condition of your enrollment, or completion of the course?
10. Do you have a current drivers license?
11. Do you have a current passport?
12. Do you have any martial arts experience?
13. Is there anything you want to inform us about, before
we find it on a background check? If yes, explain on a
separate sheet.
14. Are you a U.S. citizen?
15. Do you have a minimum of 3 years of military
16. Do you have a minimum of 3 years of law enforcement experience?
17. Do you have SWAT training and/or experience?
18. Can you run 2 miles in 20 minutes or less? (Remember our facility is at 4300 feet elevation.)
19. Can you do 45 push ups in 2 minutes or less?
20. Can you do 45 sit-ups in 2 minutes or less?
21. Can you do 3 dead hang pull-ups?
22. The course may include the use of the M-4 carbine. Are you familiar with the M-4 or M-16?
23. The course may include the use of the AK-47 assault rifle. Are you familiar with the AK-47 assault rifle?

24. The course will include the use of a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun. What is your shooting experience with handguns?

The above information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that completion of the course/program I am attending is no guarantee of placement and/or employment.

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High Desert Special Operations Center
Attn: Bruce Bivins
2393 Heybourne Road
Minden, NV 89423
(775) 783-9277 or 800-866-9100
(775) 783-9366 fax