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To boost training, MTTs headed to several posts

Dec. 3, 2012 - 07:20AM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 3, 2012 - 07:20AM  |  
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NEW VIDEOS

The Army Training Network, a Web-based, one-stop shop for training resources and materials, has added two new videos to train soldiers and develop leaders.
One video demonstrates how to conduct an after-action review, and another shows soldiers how to conduct a rehearsal of concept, or ROC, drill.
The videos are available on the Army Training Network’s YouTube channel.
Visit the Army Training Network website.

LOCATIONS

The mobile training teams from Combined Arms Center-Training will conduct classes on training management at these nine posts:
• Fort Carson, Colo., Nov. 26-29
• Fort Riley, Kan., Dec. 3-6
• Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 7-10
• Fort Bliss, Texas, Jan. 14-17
• Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 21-24
• Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 28-Feb. 1
• Fort Bragg, N.C., Feb. 4-7
• Fort Stewart, Ga., Feb. 11-14
• Fort Drum, N.Y., Feb. 18-22
In March, the MTTs will be available to other units as needed.
To schedule a visit for your unit, visit the Army Training Network and submit the request through the "Ask a Trainer" feature.

The Army is sending teams of experts across the country to teach leaders how to plan, prepare, execute and assess their soldiers' training.

As part of the transition from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is pushing for more home-station training, requiring commanders and senior noncommissioned officers to develop, prepare and carry out their own training plans. But after 11 years of war and back-to-back deployments, the Army is a little out of practice, as units have relied on training plans pushed down from the top and those developed by the combat training centers.

"We kind of lost some of that skill because we've had to push training down on [units] to get people ready for deployments," said Lt. Col. Damon Pfaltzgraff, chief of the doctrine branch in the Training Management Directorate for Combined Arms Center-Training. "If we're going to emphasize home-station training, we need to address how do you be in charge of training."

The mobile training teams from CAC-T, which develops and supports training and leader development throughout the Army, are visiting nine major Army posts from November to February. From March through September, the MTTs will be available for units that missed out on the initial visits, Pfaltzgraff said.

During their post visits, the MTTs will teach 42 soldiers and civilians — most of them leaders and operations or training officers and NCOs — over two days, Pfaltzgraff said. The course contains 16 hours of instruction, and the intent is for these soldiers and civilians to train others in their formations, he said.

"We're trying to target midlevel officers and NCOs," he said. "People who are responsible for overseeing training at brigade and higher levels are the primary target."

Lessons include how to prepare a training plan, how to resource and fund training events, the fundamentals of training doctrine, how to manage unit training and how to use available Web-based tools and resources.

"If you haven't really done this in a while, the Army has automated a lot of this stuff," Pfaltzgraff said.

This includes the Digital Training Management System, a Web-based system that allows leaders to build training schedules; manage their soldiers' schools; track their soldiers' weapon qualification, height, weight and physical fitness information; and build training plans.

"A lot of people really haven't had to address this" over the past few years, Pfaltzgraff said. "We're talking about [training] doctrine in the context of here's how you apply it today using these tools."

Pfaltzgraff said it's up to commanders to use the tools provided by the Army and make training their own based on their soldiers' needs, strengths and weaknesses.

"In the end, training management and training is a commander's business," he said. "We're giving [leaders] the baseline of understanding, and from there, they're going to have to make it their own."

This effort, directed by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, is critical as the Army puts training back in the hands of commanders, Pfaltzgraff said.

"These tools are going to help you design your training and be successful at your mission," he said.

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