Army, Joint Multinational Training Command - Force Multiplier for European Theatre Security and Cooperation
What is it?
The 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC) has vast ranges, simulation centers, classrooms and training facilities. It provides world-class training to U.S. Army Soldiers and units, as well as, joint, combined, NATO and service component forces and leaders. The JMTC serves as United States Army Europe and Seventh Army’s (USAREUR) focal point for training support, and contributes to U.S. European Command’s (EUCOM) security cooperation strategy.
Coalition partners from both NATO and non-NATO nations to include, Poland, Russia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania and North Africa transform their fighting forces on a world-class gunnery complex, and during cutting edge live, virtual and constructive simulations, and challenging, realistic boots-in-the-mud maneuver areas of the JMTC.
What has the Army done?
Headquartered at Grafenwoehr, Germany, JMTC operates facilities and training areas in the Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, and Hohenfels communities. However the training capabilities are not constrained to just the Garrison training areas. The training environment includes live-virtual-simulation within the rolling hills of the German countryside between Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels, and also multiple German and American satellite training areas that extend from Schweinfurt, Germany to the Alps.
JMTC’s unique live fire capability in the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels maneuver training areas allows units and commanders to train on tasks that replicate the complexities of full spectrum operations in an increasingly urban and complex environment. The Grafenwoehr training area, with 44 modern, computerized live-fire ranges, can support current and future expeditionary forces composed of airborne, artillery, aviation, infantry, as well as, a variety of training for brigade combat teams.
A key part of the JMTC is the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC), headquartered in Hohenfels, Germany, one of three U.S. Army combat training centers. JMRC provides tough, realistic, and challenging joint and coalition combined arms training. Its mission is to improve unit readiness by developing Soldiers, their leaders and units in support of the Global War on Terrorism, which includes, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Kosovo Force, a task force comprised of approximately 1,600 people who conduct peace-enforcement operations in Kosovo under the command of NATO.
JMRC is used by U.S. Army forces stationed in Europe, as well as, units from a multitude of allied nations. In addition to the USAREUR Brigade Combat Team training, JMRC regularly conducts NATO Observer, Mentor, Liaison Team (OMLT) training; multinational small unit and Individual Readiness Training, usually in conjunction with U.S. forces events; and joint forces small unit training events.
Recently designated a dual-mission Combat Training Center (CTC), JMRC has the responsibility to provide an expeditionary CTC capability anywhere the Army requires. The JMRC will conduct an Exportable Training Center Proof of Principle for the U.S. Army in March 2009 at Camp Shelby, MS.
A third aspect of JMTC is the Joint Multinational Simulations Center (JMSC), the theater leader in training coalition and NATO Headquarters for deployments. The JMSC conducts Joint Task Force certification exercises in conjunction with the Battle Command Training Program and Joint Forces Command that provide trained and ready units to the combatant commander. The JMSC has developed the digital university that enables new Soldier and equipment training to all components of the Army Battle Command Systems.
JMTC also operates the 7th Army NCO Academy, the oldest NCO Academy in the U.S. Army. The NCO Academy teaches the Warrior Leaders Course (WLC) that trains prospective and newly promoted sergeants in leadership skills. These NCOs develop leadership savvy, self discipline and professional ethics, while also demonstrating the skills and knowledge for leading, disciplining, and developing Soldiers. During the spring of 2003, the Academy trained its first group of International Military Students which included twenty Polish soldiers. Since then the Academy has trained more than 375 international military students from 20 European and African allies, to include Russia, Turkey, Poland, Liberia, and the Czech Republic.
The International Special Training Centre (ISTC) at Generaloberst-von-Fritsch-Kaserne in Pfullendorf, Germany, provides centralized advanced training for Special Forces Soldiers. Soldiers from nine member nations, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United States of America make up the cadre that lead ISTC. Courses are conducted in Pfullendorf, as well as, sites in Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas on special combat skills and patrolling. This offers Soldiers from member nations an opportunity to learn from one another in a joint and multinational environment.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The JMTC will continue to be the focal point for training excellence in the transformed 7th Army. Providing relevant, cutting-edge training opportunities for Soldiers and formations within 7th Army and Europe, the JMTC will continue to provide training in all three training environments, live, virtual and constructive. The JMTC will continue to incorporate joint, multinational, coalition and NATO training into training realistic scenarios that ensure today’s Soldiers are ready for current and future military operations.
Why is this important to the Army?
JMTC plays a critical role supporting training exercises for both U.S. and coalition units deploying throughout the EUCOM and CENTCOM areas of responsibility. As our coalition forces gain greater understanding of U.S. techniques, they are more competent and confident in their ability to fight alongside U.S. Soldiers. Training with our Allies and Coalition partners fully supports our nation’s commitment to NATO and the Global War on Terrorism.