Accession Number:

ADA478070

Title:

Training for U.S. Ground Forces at Army Maneuver Combat Training Centers

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPT OF DEFENSE ARLINGTON VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-12-28

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

In the last 3 years, the Army has been transforming its traditionally division-centric force to a more flexible, agile force. Part of this transition has included a restructuring of the Operations Groups, specifically ObserverControllers, at Army Maneuver Combat Training Centers. This is one in a series of reports concerning training for U.S. ground forces supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. This report addresses the priority of staffing ObserverControllers at Army Maneuver Combat Training Centers. Mission rehearsal exercises conducted at Army Maneuver Combat Training Centers serve as the final collective training event for units deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. ObserverControllers are the foundation of this training because they control engagements and operations, observe unit performance, teach doctrine, monitor safety, and provide feedback to units through after-action reviews. Results. The Armys Maneuver Combat Training Centers are providing military positions as part of an overall restructuring process and to meet the training requirements of a more modular force. However, training for ground forces could be negatively impacted by this restructuring if ObserverController positions are not staffed near full-strength in FY 2009. Specifically, the full benefit of combat training may be degraded and the amount of critical feedback provided by the ObserverControllers during training may be reduced. To prevent this from happening, priority for staffing ObserverControllers should be increased from current levels dictated in Army manning guidance.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE