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The Army National Guard (ARNG) eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC)

What is it?
The XCTC is a fully instrumented series of field training exercises designed for the contemporary operating environment (COE). These exercises provide tough, realistic training for every participating Soldier and the means to achieve the required company level certification and battalion battle staff proficiency for ARNG units during pre-mobilization training.

The XCTC provides realistic training for deploying units during the Ready phase of the Army Force Generation cycle. This training incorporates the most current tactics, techniques, and procedures used in theater. Ninety three percent of the identified pre-mobilization tasks can be conducted during collective training with full-spectrum operations scenarios for the COE.

What has the ARNG done?
The first rotation involved a battalion/task force that trained at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, Kentucky in 2005. The second rotation was conducted at Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck Urban Training Area, Indiana in July 2006 for the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT). There were no rotations in FY07 due to the increased operational tempo. In FY08, the ARNG conducted two XCTC rotations and trained a total of eight battalions. One rotation was executed at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas for the 33rd IBCT (Illinois) and the second rotation was executed at Gowen Field, Idaho for the 41st IBCT (Oregon).

What continued efforts does the ARNG have planned for the future?
In FY09, the XCTC will provide training for all types of units, including combat support and combat service support units. Planning is underway to conduct six XCTC rotations that will provide training for 18 battalions. Currently two units are scheduled for XCTC rotations in FY09: the 32nd IBCT at Camp Blanding, Florida in January 2009 and the 1225th Combat Service Support Brigade at Camp Grayling, Michigan in July/August 2009.

The ARNG continues to work on the integration of commercial off-the-shelf technologies for the FlexTrain instrumentation. This includes fielding new technology that improves visualization of individual body positioning (prone, standing, and kneeling) for individual Soldiers using the existing receiver/transmitter. Full implementation is expected to reduce the need for training area antennae tower relays while increasing individual tracking capability from 2000 to 5000 Soldiers and vehicles. These advances will be applied to in-room tracking capabilities for military operations on urban terrain.

Why is this important to the Army?
By training and certifying pre-mobilization training tasks, the XCTC reduces post-mobilization training time and thus increases the availability of units to support combatant commanders.

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