Americans on Target: U.S. Army Tank Gunnery Excellence Canadian Army Trophy Competition 1987
Final rept. Jul 1987-Jul 1989
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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The Canadian Army Trophy CAT competition is a biennial tank gunnery contest organized and administered by Headquarters, Allied forces Central Europe. The preparation for CAT is intense in that the prestige of Armies and equipment often rides on the outcome. It involves the selection and assignment of personnel, optimum use of unique capabilities of equipment and effective utilization of training resources. Thus, the methods used to prepare for CAT, while not directly applicable to similar situations in the day-to-day Army, do result in successes and failures that indicate possibilities for positive change in doctrine and equipment. This report reviews the preparation and conduct of U. S. participation in CAT during 1987. It presents these activities against a background of previous competitions and some of the activities of other countries. The writer, a participant in one of the CAT units, attempts to provide this information in a format that would aid in determining possible improvements to doctrine and equipment. In-so-far as parallels may be drawn between the conditions obtaining during the CAT competition and those of pre- combat or combat situations the information should be useful to personnel specialists, training developers, and equipment developers participant in one of the CAT units, attempts to provide this information in a format that would aid in determining possible improvements to doctrine and equipment.
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