What is it? The Unit Combined Arms Training Strategies (CATS) program is a DA funded executed program that provides suggested collective training strategies for unit leaders to establish readiness in their units' doctrinal missions.
What has the Army done? To date, 408 CATS from platoon through Brigade Combat Team levels have been developed. Strategies have also been developed for active and reserve component CATS for the Current Force, Transitional FXXI, and modular units. In addition, six generic CATS, called Functional CATS, have been developed for use by any unit needing training plans in the following areas:
CATS developers ensure validation of the units CATS by using units and that CATS are integrated with the Army Forces Generation (ARFORGEN) Model. Unit CATS are available through Army Knowledge On-line (AKO) and the Digital Training Management System (DTMS).
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army is currently developing CATS for active and reserve component Functional Brigades including:
The US Army Reserve Component Command requested CATS development for a substantial list of Army Reserve units. Specifically, 43 CATS for Army Reserve Transportation, Quartermaster, and Ordnance units are under development. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2006, the CATS Program received $800,000 in initial funding; and $2.3 Million in end of year funding. To date, Department of the Army has not released any FY 2007 CATS funds. Upon release of funds, the following Theater/Functional Brigade Unit CATS will be addressed:
Why is this important to the Army? Unit CATS provide unit leaders a menu of training options which they can rapidly adapt to fit unit training needs to establish new capabilities in support of transformation during time of war. Units returning from US Central Command’s area of responsibility immediately enter the ARFORGEN process to transform from their previous configuration to their future configuration both in personnel and equipment. Unit commanders and leaders must absorb new personnel and equipment and establish unit cohesion and readiness through training programs. Unit CATS are key to this effort.