Information Papers

Unit Combined Arms Training Strategies

What is it?
Combined Arms Training Strategies (CATS) are a Department of the Army–funded program that offers collective training strategies to help tactical unit leaders build readiness rapidly.

What has the Army done?
To date, the Army has developed 433 CATS from platoon through brigade combat team levels for both the active and reserve components. In addition, six generic CATS, called functional CATS, have been developed for use by any unit requiring training plans in the following areas: stability operations, urban operations, deployment, command and control, force protection, and air assault operations. CATS developers regularly seek feedback from Soldiers to ensure that they meet the needs of units while also ensuring that CATS can be integrated into the Army Force Generation model. Unit CATS have been made available to Soldiers through Army Knowledge On-line and the Digital Training Management System.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Presently, we are developing CATS for active and reserve component functional brigades, including Air Defense Artillery, Military Police, Army Medical Command, Civil Affairs Brigade, Combined Arms Support Command units, a Theatre Sustainment Command, and the Future Combat System Experimental Brigade. The U.S. Army Command of the reserve component also requested CATS development for a substantial list of their units; as a result, CATS developers have recently begun work on 23 CATS for the reserve transportation, quartermaster, and ordnance units.

Why is this important to the Army?
CATS provide leaders a menu of training options that they can rapidly adapt to fit the unit's training needs and constraints. CATS also allow units to build readiness in a much shorter time and are easily integrated into the Army Force Generation.