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The Congressionally-mandated, unclassified National Defense Strategy (NDS), was publicly released by the Department of Defense on October 27, 2022. This strategy is aligned with U.S. national security priorities and is derived from President Biden’s National Security Strategy, setting the Department’s strategic direction. The Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and the Missile Defense Review (MDR) are integral components of the National Defense Strategy.
- Defending the homeland, paced to the growing multi-domain threat posed by the PRC;
- Deterring strategic attacks against the United States, Allies, and partners;
- Deterring aggression, while being prepared to prevail in conflict when necessary – prioritizing the PRC challenge in the Indo-Pacific region, then the Russia challenge in Europe, and;
- Building a resilient Joint Force and defense ecosystem.
In short, leaders have their work cut out for them. Soldier training and safety resources are vital. Moreover, it is imperative that Army maintains a competent, reliable, and efficient level of readiness. Theoretically, training should be memorable, with purpose, and support the end state of the unit’s Mission-Essential Task List (METL) or a Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA), or non-deployable, unit’s mission. These actions require all leaders to be informed, engaged, and open to change to fit the dynamics of the current environment. Understanding how to leverage the ATN and DTMS are vital to effective Unit Training Management.
We also have a comprehensive list of the Army’s Mandatory Annual Training Requirements (AR 350-1 Training).
Questions to Ask:
- What tools can a Company Command Team use to understand Unit and Soldier Readiness? The Commander’s Risk Reduction Toolkit, the Enhanced Army Readiness Assessment Program, and the Company Commander and First Sergeant Pre-Command Course.
- What tools does the Army provide to help manage soldier training and unit training management? the Army Training Network, the Digital Job Book, the Small Unit Leader Tool, and Field Manual 7-0, Training
- What online tools can help a Soldier maintain their combat readiness? The Army LMS, Joint Knowledge Online, and the Cyber Awareness Challenge 2023.
- Does the Army have mandatory training? Yes. The Army has annual mandatory AR 350-1 training. Go here for more information.
Are you up for the challenge? Are you ready to focus on quality soldier training over quantity? Are you ready to plan realistic and relevant events? Are you tired of all these questions? Good. Let’s do this!
SOLDIER TRAINING AND SAFETY RESOURCES
Links to official Army and DoD websites that you need to maintain individual, unit, and overall combat readiness.
UNIT COMBAT READINESS
The following AKO Cards are vital to small group leaders improve soldier training and help Command Teams build combat readiness.
CRITICAL SOLDIER AND LEADER PORTALS
The following AKO Cards are vital to leaders and Command Teams to gain a better understanding of their formation.
The us army TRAINING MANAGEMENT DOCTRINE
The publication of the new Field Manual 7-0, Training in June 2021, has prompted changes to the way the Army conducts training management and improve combat readiness. One of the most notable changes is the transition from the operations process to the Training Management Cycle. Per the Training Management Directorate, “The Training Management Directorate (TMD) provides learning products and services across the institutional, operational, and self-development domains to assist in integrating these training management changes across the Army.”
Understanding the Army Training Management program and how to conduct effective soldier training will not only improve unit combat readiness, but improve morale, retention, and the ability to accomplish the mission.
Recommended Articles, manuals and References:
- Unit Training Management by Sgt. Maj. Don Rose
- Unit Training Management Fact Sheet: Operationalizing FM 7-0
- A Disciplined Approach to Training Management by LTC Richard Taylor
Army Training and Safety FAQs
We understand time is a precious resource and training management is touch-and-go at times. That said, leaders should take steps to understand how to provide realistic and relevant training that builds confidence and competence using the tools the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center provides. Quality over quantity. To keep the information digestible, we limit how much we publish, but encourage you to become familiar all all the tools available.
It sounds dated and a bit cheesy, but safety is everyone’s responsibility. No, we were not paid to say that.
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- HQDA. “HQDA EXORD 175-23 Mandating the Use of the Army Safety Management Information System Assessments, Inspections, and Surveys Application and the Hazard Management Application in Support of Current Policy.” USACRC, May 23, 2023. https://safety.army.mil/.
- U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center. “Army Mishap Daily Update.” USACRC, 2023. https://safety.army.mil/Portals/0/Documents/STATISTICS/Standard/weeklyupdate.html.
- U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center. “Preliminary Mishap Reports.” USACRC, 2023. https://safety.army.mil/MEDIA/Preliminary-Loss-Reports.
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