Army Launches Best Squad Competition

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Army Launches Best Squad Competition

In its ongoing effort to build strong, cohesive teams, the Army is launching a new competition focused on groups of soldiers.

The Army’s inaugural Best Squad Competition will kick off in September, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston said during the recent Maneuver Warfighter Conference at Fort Benning, Georgia.

“For over two years I’ve talked about the importance of building a cohesive team that is highly trained, disciplined and fit,” Grinston said, according to the Army. “Now it’s time to measure ourselves against that standard.”

Army Making Progress in Effort to Reduce Accidents

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Army Making Progress in Effort to Reduce Accidents

Improving small-unit training and giving soldiers more predictable, mission-tailored schedules are just two ways the Army is working to reduce accidents across the force, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Joseph Martin told a House subcommittee.

“We can never, ever stop our relentless efforts to get after mitigating the risks in our formations,” Martin told the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee during a March 23 hearing on preventing training mishaps. “What we do is very, very difficult. We ask our soldiers in our formations to do a lot.”

‘Revolutionary Capability’ Coming for Combat Troops

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‘Revolutionary Capability’ Coming for Combat Troops

The Army is setting the bar high for the next generation of weapons as it aims to improve soldiers’ lethality on the future battlefield.

“Teamwork is the sustaining function, and it’s the foundation of everything we’re achieving,” Maj. Gen. David Hodne, director of the Soldier Lethality Cross-Functional Team and the Army Infantry School commandant, said March 18.

Dailey: Army Rebuilding Soldier, Unit Readiness

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Dailey: Army Rebuilding Soldier, Unit Readiness

The Army continues to build readiness across the total force—from the individual soldier to its brigade combat teams, the service’s top enlisted leader said.

“The Army has more units ready than at any time in recent history,” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey told the Senate Armed Services Committee’s personnel subcommittee.

Because of funding support from Congress, the Army had 28 brigade combat teams at their highest state of readiness at the end of 2018, compared to 19 BCTs the year before, he added.