Articles from ARMY Magazine, Headline News, and AUSA News on the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

‘Don’t Be Afraid to Lead,’ Brito Urges Young Leaders

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‘Don’t Be Afraid to Lead,’ Brito Urges Young Leaders

The Army’s future depends on leaders and their ability to foster character, competence and commitment, said Gen. Gary Brito, commanding general of the Army Training and Doctrine Command.

“I would challenge the future leaders out there … to take all of those [values] seriously,” Brito said.

Speaking during the recent 2023 Maneuver Warfighter Conference at Fort Moore, Georgia, formerly known as Fort Benning, Brito’s remarks came as Army Chief of Staff Gen. Randy George pushes for efforts to strengthen the Army profession.

Brito: Profession of Arms ‘Part of Our DNA’

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Gen. Gary Brito leads a panel discussion on the Army Profession at AUSA 2023.
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Brito: Profession of Arms ‘Part of Our DNA’

Reinforcing the fundamentals of professional soldiering has emerged as a drumbeat among Army leaders as they prepare the force for future combat.

The focus on strengthening the Army profession is less a change than it is an effort to instill anew the foundational tenets of cohesive teams—teams that are built on trust and discipline and rely on competence, character and standards.

Brito: Army Offers ‘First Choice’ Opportunities

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Gen. Gary Brito greets cadets at the Army Cadet Luncheon during the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Monday, Oct. 9, 2023. (Pete Marovich for AUSA)
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Brito: Army Offers ‘First Choice’ Opportunities

As the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition got underway, the commanding general of Army Training and Doctrine Command urged a ballroom full of cadets not to be distracted by the elaborate technology and futuristic vision-casting on display.

“The future is not only across the street,” Gen. Gary Brito said at a cadet awards luncheon. “Most of it—the most important part—is here in this room."

People Give the Army its ‘Asymmetric Advantage’

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Gen. Gary Brito, commander of TRADOC, speaks at AUSA Coffee event
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People Give the Army its ‘Asymmetric Advantage’

Building soldiers and leaders of character and reinvigorating the profession of arms are critical efforts for the Army as it transforms for the future, the commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command said.

“Strengthening the profession of arms defines what we’re all about,” Gen. Gary Brito said Sept. 20 during a breakfast hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army as part of its Coffee Series.

Brito Speaks at AUSA Coffee Series

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Gen. Gary Brito, commander of TRADOC, speaks at AUSA Warfighter
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Brito Speaks at AUSA Coffee Series

Gen. Gary Brito, commanding general of Army Training and Doctrine Command, will speak Sept. 20 as part of the Association of the U.S. Army’s Coffee Series.

The in-person event will take place at AUSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The event opens at 6:30 a.m. with registration, coffee and networking. The program is scheduled to begin at 7:15 a.m.

It is free for military members, government employees and the media.

Brito: ‘It is Time for a Change’

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Gen. Gary Brito, commander of TRADOC, speaks at AUSA Warfighter
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Brito: ‘It is Time for a Change’

The Army is at a point in history where change is vital, said Gen. Gary Brito, commanding general of the Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Speaking July 26 at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Warfighter Summit and Exposition in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Brito said the Army must make some adjustments to prepare for future wars.

New Army Recruiting Programs ‘Gaining Traction’

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New Army Recruiting Programs ‘Gaining Traction’

People are the centerpiece to building the Army of 2040, and the service is going to have to “recruit differently” to meet the most challenging recruiting environment in decades, senior leaders said.

Army Improving Policies to Aid Citizenship

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Army Improving Policies to Aid Citizenship

The U.S. Army has pledged to do a better job aiding soldiers and their families interested in becoming naturalized citizens. 

That promise comes after officials acknowledged in response to a Government Accountability Office report that they haven’t had a good process to track citizenship requests and make certain critical deadlines are met.  

The Army isn’t alone with that problem. The Defense Department said it also plans to establish a new policy on the military naturalization process. 

Interest in Military Service Declining

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Interest in Military Service Declining

The general officer in charge of recruiting the next generation of soldiers said the shrinking pool of young people who are eligible to serve represents “a problem in our nation.”

Gen. Paul Funk, commander of the Army Training and Doctrine Command, said the two biggest hurdles to qualifying young people for service are obesity and addiction, which he considers “national security issues that we’ve got to address.”