What is it? The Sustainable Range Program is the Army’s roadmap for how it designs, manages and uses it ranges in order to ensure the capability, availability, and accessibility of its ranges to meet its training mission. It is the Army’s response to the increasing challenges brought about by encroachment and meeting the ever increasing need for ranges and training land brought about by:
Because many programs and functions affect the management of our ranges and training lands, the Sustainable Range Program is the Army’s overarching guidance for integrating operational, training, facility, safety, and environmental requirements to improve the management of its ranges and ensure their sustainability to support mission requirements now and into the future.
The Army’s Sustainable Range Program is made up of its two core programs: the Range and Training Land Program (RTLP), which includes the day-to-day management of its ranges as well as new range construction; and the Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) Program for the repair and maintenance of its maneuver lands.
Integral to the success and support of the two core programs is the Soldier Readiness Program (SRP) Outreach Program, dedicated to educating the public on the importance of live-fire training and improving the Army’s understanding of public concerns related to how we train and manage our ranges.
What has the Army done? The Sustainable Range Program provides the framework for addressing encroachment challenges and optimizing resources and policies through the development of new tools, procedures, and initiatives that ensure the capability of our ranges into the future. These tools, procedures, and initiatives include:
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? The Army is continuing its efforts to beta test and field the Installation Range Complex Master Plan automated tool; continue efforts to protect installations from encroachment through the Army Compatible Use Buffer Program; and implement new initiatives focused on reducing restrictions to training through outreach, research, and innovative management practices; and quantify encroachment factors that restrict training.
Why is this important to the Army? Fighting and wining the nation’s wars is the foundation of the non-negotiable contact that the Army has with the American people. Therefore, Army forces must train to and maintain the highest readiness levels – to do this training must replicate realistic combat conditions. Army ranges and training lands provide the basis to ensure Soldier and unit proficiency. The Sustainable Range Program will drive the Army’s efforts to ensure the continuing capability of its ranges and training lands to meet the mission.