NCOs Train the Force
ARMY ENGINEER SCHOOL FORT LEONARD WOOD MO
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The observer-controllertrainer OCT noncommissioned officers NCOs are the backbone of the U.S. Army s Active Component ACReserve Component RC program. Responsible for the training, mobilization, and deployment of RC units, these NCOs are the silent heroes who ensure that nothing but highly trained soldiers augment and replace AC units on the frontline. The combat readiness and successful performance of RC units on the battlefield directly reflect the OCT s enormous impact on their readiness. The OCT s firsthand involvement in RC training directly supports the FORSCOM mission and has enhanced the Army s capability to fight and defeat the enemy around the world. An OCT, by definition, is a soldier tasked to provide administrative control, evaluate task performance, and give constructive feedback to participants during a training exercise. In reality, NCOs serving as OCTs are responsible for far more than teaching, coaching, and mentoring RC soldiers. Tasked with training, mobilizing, and deploying units to augment the U.S. Army on the battlefield, the OCT NCOs are at the heart of the ACRC program. The vast majority of the AC forces are deployed around the globe in support of combat, peacekeeping, and humanitarian missions. RC forces play a critical role in homeland security and support military operations overseas. Federalized RC units support and replace AC elements on the ground with their equipment, technicaltactical competence, and motivated soldiers eager to execute their missions. These RC units are a combat multiplier to the AC and a critical asset to the U.S. Army.
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