Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills
What is it?
Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills (WTBD) are fundamental combat skills in which all Soldiers – regardless of rank, component, or military occupational specialty -- must maintain proficiency to fight and win on the battlefield. They are the foundation upon which combat training builds and are the primary focus of tactical training for both officers and enlisted Soldiers during initial military training (IMT).
Warrior Tasks are selected common individual Soldier skills deemed critical to a Soldier’s basic competency. Examples include weapons training, tactical communications, urban operations, and combat lifesaving.
Battle Drills are group/collective skills designed to teach a unit to react and accomplish the mission in common combat situations. Examples include react to ambush, react to chemical attack, and evacuate wounded personnel from a vehicle.
What has the Army done?
WTBD increase the relevance of training to current combat requirements and enhance the rigor in training. The driving force behind the change was lessons learned from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and comments from OIF/OEF veterans. The WTBD continue to evolve to meet the needs of the operational Army. For example all Soldiers graduating from BCT and OSUT are certified in combat lifesaving.
BCT and OSUT train all WTBD.
In Advanced Individual Training (AIT), selected WTBD [urban operations, react to man-to-man contact, convoy operations (convoy live-fire for OD, TC, QM, MI, SC), 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 32 Warrior Tasks and 12 Battle Drills being taught.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?
The Army conducts an annual review of WTBD to maintain relevance to current operations. Army Warrior Training, the program that replaced common task testing, focuses on WTBD training for all military personnel throughout the Army.
Why is this important to the Army?
As combat situations can occur anywhere on the battlefield, it is important that all Soldiers possess fundamental combat skills. WTBD produce Soldiers who are better prepared to fight on today's battlefield and immediately upon arrival to their first unit of assignment.
The following is a list of the current Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills:Shoot
- Qualify with individual assigned weapon
- Operate M240B MG
- Operate M249 MG
- Operate M2 Cal. 50 MG
- Employ Claymore mine and hand grenades
- Engage targets with weapon using a night-vision sight
- Engage targets using an aiming light
- Perform voice communications (SITREP/SPOTREP/9-line)
- Use visual-signaling techniques
- Perform movement techniques during an urban operation
- Engage targets during an urban operation
- Determine location on the ground (terrain association, map and GPS
- Navigate from one point to another (dismounted)
- Move over, through or around obstacles
- Move under direct fire
- React to indirect fire (dismounted and mounted)
- React to direct fire (dismounted and mounted)
- React to unexploded ordnance hazard
- React to man-to-man contact (Combatives)
- React to chemical or biological attack/hazard
- Decontaminate yourself and individual equipment using chemical decontaminating kits
- Maintain weapons and equipment
- Select temporary fighting position
- Certify as a Combat Lifesaving
- Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Detect
- Assess and Respond to Threats (Escalation of Force)
- Understand Personnel Recovery Responsibility
- Maintain Situational Awareness / Every Soldier as a Sensor)
- Perform field sanitation and preventative medicine field craft
- Maintain Battle-Focused Physical and Mental Readiness
- Perform Detainee Ops at Point of Capture
- Perform Sniper Countermeasures
- React to contact: (visual, improvised explosive device, direct fire [includes RPG])
- React to indirect fire
- React to chemical attack
- Break contact
- Dismount a vehicle
- React to ambush (near)
- React to ambush (far)
- Evacuate a casualty (dismounted and mounted)
- Establish security at a halt
- Checkpoint entry operations
- Vehicle Roll-Over Drill
- Enter and clear a Room