Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills
What is it? A Warrior Task and Battle Drill (WTBD) is defined as a skill taught in either Basic Combat Training or One Station Unit Training to train Soldiers how to survive in combat.
- A Warrior Task is an individual Soldier skill. These particular skills are deemed critical to Soldier survival. Examples include weapons training, tactical communications, urban operations, and first aid.
- Battle Drills are group skills designed to teach a unit to react and survive in common combat situations. Examples include react to ambush, react to chemical attack, and evacuate injured personnel from a vehicle.
What has the Army done?
- WTBDs increase the relevance of training to current combat requirements and enhance the rigor in training. Lessons learned from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom were the driving forces for change.
- In Advanced Individual Training (AIT), selected WTBD (urban operations, combatives, convoy operations, advanced rifle marksmanship, and rifle qualification if the AIT is longer than 23 weeks) are reinforced. Additionally, AIT school commandants may retrain any of the WTBD they deem critical to specific specialties.
- Currently there are 39 Warrior Tasks and 9 Battle Tasks being taught.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The new Basic Officer Leaders Course (BOLC), scheduled for implementation in 2006, also incorporates WTBD.
Why is this important to the Army? As combat situations expand across the battlefield it is important that all Soldiers possess specific skills needed to survive. WTBD produce Soldiers who are better prepared to fight on today's battlefield immediately upon arrival at their first unit of assignment.
For a full list of current Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, click here