Battle Focused Training for Peacekeeping Operations: A METL Adjustment for Infantry Battalions,
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This paper analyzes how a units METL can assist infantry battalions in preparing for and executing peacekeeping operations as well as their wartime mission. Field Manual 100-23, Peace Operations states, Peace operations are not a new mission and should not be treated as a separate task to be added to a units mission essential task list METL. With the United States currently involved in four different peace operations, restricting peace operations tasks from a units METL risks deploying untrained soldiers on critical missions. This study begins by examining United States policy and military doctrine concerning peace operations. Once this foundation is established, the author then views the Armys current training doctrine to provide the basis for analyzing the monographs case studies. Three battalions preparing for and executing peacekeeping operations in the Sinai and Macedonia since 1993 are analyzed. The analysis focuses on the versatility of each battalion and how their METL influenced the preparation for and executing of each peacekeeping mission. The study concludes that the Armys current battle focused training methodology is an excellent means for units to identify their mission essential tasks. However, the overemphasis in training doctrine to limit a units METL to tasks associated only to a conceptual wartime mission is not reflective of the tasks required for peacekeeping operations. The war that many units find themselves fighting in the 1990s, more often than not, is operations other than war such as peacekeeping. This study then recommends that peacekeeping tasks should not be restricted from an infantry battalions METL.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations