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The Mission Essential Task List (METL) Development Process

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[Technical Report, Research Paper]

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The U.S. Army stands guard for the American people there have been substantial changes to the Army military doctrine. The Army has changed from linear fights to the global war on terrorism. This is a different type of fight then the one the Army has previously prepared itself to fight in. The Army is required to fight alongside its sister services, secure the homeland, and integrate the Reserves and National Guard into the total Army war doctrine like never before. The Army now has to ask if the way they do business is still appropriate for todays new challenges. One area it needs to address is the Mission Essential Task List METL. Is the METL still an appropriate tool for commanders to use in preparing their Soldiers for todays battlefield and matrix of additional duties that come with homeland security and the GWOT The METL is still needed in todays Army as a tool for commanders to prepare the Army for todays multitask missions. As the Army goes through transformation the METL development process is just as relevant in todays operational environment as it was prior to the global war on terrorism.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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