Army Must Prioritize Resources to Maintain Readiness

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Army Must Prioritize Resources to Maintain Readiness

The Army has managed to balance its priorities of readiness, modernization and soldiers’ safety during a “challenging” year, senior leaders said.

Despite challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, junior leaders “found ways to generate readiness” while protecting their troops, according to Gen. Michael Garrett, commanding general of Army Forces Command.

Army Needs Science to Boost Training

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Army Needs Science to Boost Training

The Army is returning “to the science of large-scale combat operations,” with training that is “hot, sweaty and intense,” said Col. Charles Lombardo, deputy commander of the Army’s Combined Arms Center-Training.

The idea, he said, is to force soldiers and their leaders to deal with simultaneous enemy actions in training that is “the key to building readiness across our formations.”

SMA Reinforces Leadership, Caring for Soldiers

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SMA Reinforces Leadership, Caring for Soldiers

Commanders at all levels must take care of soldiers, even when things go wrong, for the Army to successfully navigate challenges at home and abroad, the sergeant major of the Army said.

Good leadership can make all the difference to soldiers, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston said during the recent Fires Conference held virtually by the Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Bigger Training Rotations Needed to Prepare Divisions

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Bigger Training Rotations Needed to Prepare Divisions

Army divisions should start rotating through the combat training centers as the service continues to train to fight a near-peer adversary, the commanding general of Army Training and Doctrine Command said.

“I think we ought to have one a year, just to learn,” said Gen. Paul Funk, who used as an example a recent rotation by the 1st Infantry Division to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.

Army Continues Ramping Up Amid Pandemic

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Army Continues Ramping Up Amid Pandemic

One size does not fit all when it comes to the Army’s approach to doing business during the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Army’s top general said.

“We are continuing to assess the threat from this invisible virus,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said during a virtual town hall on July 22. 

Senior leaders are working closely with commanders overseas to “determine the best way to deploy” soldiers, he said, as the Army continues its efforts to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

Update Helps Soldiers Keep Track of Training Records

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Update Helps Soldiers Keep Track of Training Records

An online tool designed to help soldiers and small-unit leaders keep track of their training records has been updated and is now accessible on personal computers and smartphones.

First introduced in 2016 by the Training Management Directorate at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the Digital Job Book and Small Unit Leader Tool were available through Army Knowledge Online on government computers with the use of a Common Access Card. 

New Command Assessment Launched at Fort Knox

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New Command Assessment Launched at Fort Knox

The Army is launching a new program to evaluate colonels for various command positions following the success of a similar initiative for prospective battalion commanders.

Beginning in September, the Colonels Command Assessment Program involving 400 senior officers will take place at Fort Knox, Kentucky, as one of several new talent management initiatives the Army is rolling out as part of a sweeping effort to better manage soldiers’ careers and take advantage of their skills, abilities and interests.

Army Resumes Major Collective Training

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Army Resumes Major Collective Training

The Army has resumed brigade-level collective training following a three-month pause to emplace safety measures aimed at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus among soldiers, observer-controllers and civilian role players.

All major training was halted in mid-March after DoD issued orders restricting travel for troops, employees and family members. The Army began putting measures in place so that units could resume home station training safely in smaller numbers, but major training exercises hadn’t resumed until now.

Army Pushing to Restart Collective Training

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Army Pushing to Restart Collective Training

The Army continues to implement safety measures across the force as it pushes toward a return to collective training amid the COVID-19 pandemic, senior leaders said April 30.

“We’re looking at the long game. We’re not waiting for COVID-19 to go away,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said during a press briefing. “We’re putting the right procedures in place so we can protect the force while we train in a COVID-19 environment.” 

Training Can't Wait for COVID-19 Vaccine

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Training Can't Wait for COVID-19 Vaccine

Army leaders are preparing a comprehensive plan for training and deploying soldiers in the coming months as it continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Army has already implemented several measures to create “safety bubbles” around soldiers, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said April 23. This includes slowing the shipment of new recruits to basic training to allow for social distancing, quarantining for 14 days soldiers returning from overseas deployments, and restricting travel for much of the force.