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New field manuals for most branches

Dec. 24, 2012 - 07:55AM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 24, 2012 - 07:55AM  |  
Next year will see the publication of 49 revamped field manuals, one of the most sweeping releases of doctrine in Army history and intended to make the publications more accessible than ever.
Next year will see the publication of 49 revamped field manuals, one of the most sweeping releases of doctrine in Army history and intended to make the publications more accessible than ever. ()
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Here are the 49 new field manuals scheduled to go out to soldiers:
1. FM 1-0 Human Resources Support
2. FM 1-04 Legal Support to the Operational Army
3. FM 1-05 Religious Support
4. FM 1-06 Financial Management Operations
5. FM 2-0 Intelligence Operations
6. FM 2-22.3 HUMINT Collector Operations
7. FM 3-01 Air and Missile Defense Operations
8. FM 3-04 Aviation Operations
9. FM 3-05 Army Special Operations
10. FM 3-07 Stability Operations
11. FM 3-09 Field Artillery Operations
12. FM 3-11 CBRN Operations
13. FM 3-13 Inform and Influence Activities
14. FM 3-14 Army Space Operations
15. FM 3-16 Multinational Operations
16. FM 3-22 Army Support to Security Cooperation
17. FM 3-24 Counterinsurgency
18. FM 3-27 Army Global Ballistic Missile Defense Operations
19. FM 3-34 Engineer Operations
20. FM 3-38 Cyber Electromagnetic Activities
21. FM 3-39 Military Police Operations
22. FM 3-50 Personnel Recovery
23. FM 3-52 Airspace Control
24. FM 3-53 Military Information Support Operations
25. FM 3-55 Information Collection
26. FM 3-57 Civil Affairs
27. FM 3-61 Public Affairs Operations
28. FM 3-63 Detainee Operations
29. FM 3-81 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade
30. FM 3-90, Vol 1 Offense and Defense
31. FM 3-90, Vol 2 Reconnaissance, Security and Tactical Enabling Tasks
32. FM 3-95 Infantry Brigade Operations
33. FM 3-94 Division, Corps and Theater Army Operations
34. FM 3-95 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Operations
35. FM 3-96 Armored Brigade Combat Team Operations
36. FM 3-97 Stryker Brigade Combat Team Operations
37. FM 3-98 Reconnaissance and Security Organizations
38. FM 3-99 Airborne and Air Assault Operations
39. FM 4-01 Transportation
40. FM 4-02 Army Health System
41. FM 4-30 Ordnance Operations
42. FM 4-40 Quartermaster Operations
43. FM 4-95 Logistics Operations
44. FM 5-02 Operational Environment
45. FM 6-0 Commander and Staff Organization and Operations
46. FM 6-02 Signal Operations
47. FM 6-99 Report and Message Format
48. FM 7-15 Army Universal Task List
49. FM 7-22 Army Physical Readiness Training


Next year will see the publication of 49 revamped field manuals, one of the most sweeping releases of doctrine in Army history and intended to make the publications more accessible than ever.

So accessible that soldiers will take part in writing them, starting next year.

"Every branch, with one exception, will have its field manual published this year, and that will provide the foundation for the conduct of operations," said retired Col. Clinton J. Ancker III, director of the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate.

Under the Army Doctrine 2015 initiative, the new field manuals blend the lessons of more than a decade of war with information from earlier manuals, to "reinvigorate basic war-fighting skills, and at the same time capture stability, counterinsurgency and defense support of civil authorities," during hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, Ancker said.

"For the last 10 years, we have been dealing with a very specific enemy, in a very specific environment, with repetitive tours, and most of the training and most of the operations were conducted in a fairly narrow range," Ancker said. "We need to regain the basic war-fighting skills that, in some cases, have atrophied without losing the lessons we've picked up in the last 10 years."

To give soldiers access to the manuals, the directorate plans several outlets:

Video: A 60- to 90-minute DVD or "video book," which will contain five-minute overviews of each publication whose distribution is unrestricted, Ancker said.

Tablets and smartphones: An app for the manuals is scheduled for 2013.

Online: Unrestricted, unlimited-distribution doctrinal publications are available on the">Army Publishing Directorate's public website.

Next year, soldiers will be permitted to participate in the doctrine writing process, using wiki-editing software similar to the Wikipedia website. The move, part of a revamp of the directorate's website, caps a pilot program launched in 2009.

"Doctrine is not only going to be more interactive and portable but clearer, more current, concise and collaborative," Ancker said.

The Army Doctrine 2015 initiative plans three waves of publications:

First, a series of 15-page doctrine and reference publications, called Army Doctrine Publications, which came out this year.

The field manuals by December 2013.

100 publications per year, for the next two years, on "techniques."

The next wave of revisions could come in 2015.

"There's no intent that these manuals become static," Ancker said. "We revise manuals when we need to, not on a fixed timeline."

The initiative addresses every echelon of command. Divisions, corps and functional brigades will also receive their own manuals, largely rewritten.

For the infantry and armor branches, the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga., will publish five field manuals — and one for brigade combat teams, one for reconnaissance and security organizations, and one for forcible entry.

To make the manuals as relevant as possible, Gen. Robert W. Cone, the commander of Training and Doctrine Command, ordered the participation of the Army's best academic minds and soldiers with recent experience in the field, Ancker said.

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