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The Army Vision centers on producing Soldiers armed with the values, combat skills, and mindset that enable them to serve as competent, disciplined warriors who reflect our shared ethos. Our training programs, at our home stations, our Combat Training Centers, and across our institutional training base are leveraging our combat experiences to grow adaptive leaders who are highly skilled, resilient, able to thrive in rapidly changing environments, and ready to operate with our joint, interagency, and multinational partners. We are committed to continuing to equip our Soldiers with the best capabilities, weapons, and protection our Nation can provide – leveraging our national strength to reduce risk to our Soldiers.

REINFORCE OUR CENTERPIECE: SOLDIERS AS WARRIORS

Our Soldiers continue to serve magnificently as we enter the fifth year of the war on terrorism. They believe in their mission, the Soldier´s CreedSoldier´s Creed
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, and the Warrior Ethos. As evidenced by their service, they remain committed to something far bigger than themselves.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, our Soldiers are consistently defeating the enemies of freedom.

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They have created the conditions to permit free, democratic elections and to reconstruct vital infrastructure and institutions. Like the American Soldiers of generations past, today’s warriors are distinguishing themselves with tremendous acts of courage and valor in places such as Baghdad, Samarra, An Najaf, Fallujah, Tal Afar, Mosul, and Khandahar.

Our Soldiers understand the Army’s values and personify our ethos, demonstrated most poignantly by their willingness to sacrifice all so that others may live in peace and freedom. Our Nation must remain equally committed to them by providing the capabilities and support they need to succeed in their mission.

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TRAIN SOLDIERS

Our continued commitment to innovative training and education led us to enhance the rigor and relevance of Initial Military Training for new enlisted Soldiers and officers. Today, every Soldier, regardless of specialty, becomes a warrior first. To be better prepared for combat, all recruits receive advanced training in marksmanship and live- fire convoy procedures. Current training draws from recent combat experience and emphasizes 39 Warrior Tasks and 9 Battle Drills Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills
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previously required only of infantry Soldiers. Our commitment to medical training and readiness has resulted in the highest survivability rate in military history. Every Soldier in combat carries

 

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a new blood-clotting bandage and a new onehanded tourniquet. Many are certified as combat lifesavers through extensive training. These capabilities combine with highly-trained combat medics, tremendous improvements in medical evacuation, and world-class field medicine to save lives every day.

We are strong believers in life-long learning. We are using information technology to enhance Soldier and leader education in a time of war. Soldiers participate in more than 1,500 online courses to improve job proficiency and to work toward civilian degrees. Our Army Knowledge Online websites average more than one million visits per day, allowing Soldiers and leaders to collaborate and to share information regarding the lessons learned from combat and from training.

ENHANCE THE COMBAT TRAINING CENTERS

Just as we have transformed individual Soldier training, our unit training has evolved to better reflect the complexity of modern battlefields. We have invested in our Combat Training Centers U.S. Army Combat Training Center Program
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to replicate the complex environments – terrain, social, language, and culture – in which our Soldiers are fighting. Using these world-class training facilities, every unit conducts a Mission Rehearsal Exercise before deploying to combat. These exercises feature nongovernmental organizations, contractors, media, coalition role players, and hundreds of civilians on the battlefield. Similarly, our Battle Command Training Program uses state-of-the-art simulation techniques to replicate the realities of combat. This program trains deploying division, corps, and task force staffs who will serve as joint or coalition task force operational headquarters and includes information operations and other joint missions they might support or execute in the future.

We are continuously improving training by providing a mix of live, virtual and constructive Live, Virtual, Constructive Training Environment Integration
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training events. This cost-effective approach, which uses state-of-the-art simulation tools, improves Soldier and unit capabilities and links home station training to the joint team. The rigor that we are adding to our Soldier, unit, and joint-level training, is reducing risk for our Soldiers by improving our predeployment preparation.

GROW ADAPTIVE LEADERS

The complexity of the 21st century security environment requires more of Army leaders at all levels. As we have seen in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Europe, across the Americas, and in peace enforcement operations around the world, the actions of individual Soldiers and leaders can have strategic consequences. To be effective today and tomorrow, we are growing a new breed of leader — one more akin to a pentathlete who is able to rapidly transition between complex tasks with relative ease.

The future environment will demand that Army leaders at all levels be multi-skilled, innovative, agile, and versatile. Therefore, we are continuing to evolve our training and education systems to grow adaptive civilian and military leaders who are comfortable in leading during times of change and uncertainty.


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Recognizing that intellectual change precedes physical change, we chartered a task force to Review Education, Training and Assignments for LeadersReviewing Education, Training and Assignment for Leaders
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. This task force, now six months under way, is drawing upon the ideas and experiences of the finest leaders inside and outside of the Army. The task force will recommend changes to assess and improve all Army education, training, and assignment processes to produce pentathletes.

Unlike World War I and World War II, when the Army closed the Army War College, we have improved our leader education programs while at war. At the Army War College and in all of our schools, training centers, and doctrine development positions, we are placing recently returned veterans into key positions to enhance the relevance of the education and training we provide. We are also moving to fully implement a new Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC)Basic Officer Leader Course
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. Consistent with our warrior first approach, this tough, standardized, small-unit leadership experience is ensuring that all junior officers, in all of our branches, master the skills they will need to lead in combat. We are executing similar improvements in all of our officer and noncommissioned officer education programs. Our civilian development program is enhanced through our Civilian Education System.

EQUIP OUR SOLDIERS

Protecting our Soldiers continues to be our highest priority. With great support from the Congress, the Department of Defense, and the President, we have delivered more than 37,000 up-armored vehicles to meet Combatant Commander requirements. Additionally, we continue to contribute to the Joint Organization Joint Improvised Explosive Devise Defeat Organization
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established to defeat our adversaries’ use of improvised explosive devices (Figure 10).

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We are also exploiting the value of the Rapid Equipping Force (REF) Rapid Equipping Force
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to better protect our Soldiers. REF works in partnership with industry, academic, and military leaders to support Soldier needs as quickly as possible. It provides field commanders with readily employable solutions to enhance lethality and survivability. Often using off-the-shelf and developmental technologies, REF is enabling us to remain ahead of an adaptive enemy and to save Soldiers’ lives. Examples of last year’s successes include the deployment of digital translators, vehicle scanning systems, and robots able to inspect possible improvised explosive devices.

A similar program to increase Soldier capabilities is the Rapid Fielding Initiative (RFI)Rapid Fielding Initiative
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. RFI has equipped nearly 500,000 Soldiers since its inception. RFI accelerates the fielding of commercial, off-the-shelf

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systems to produce state-of-the-art capabilities. RFI provides a specific set of equipment to every Soldier, and a set of additional items to Soldiers assigned to BCTs. The Training and Doctrine Command is using combat lessons learned to maintain the currency of the items we supply. We plan to complete fielding these items to all operational forces by September 2007.

Supporting Initiatives (Addendum C): The areas of focus described above are reinforced by three supporting initiatives:

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