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The 2003 United States Army Posture Statement
TRAINING THE FORCE
120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception), Fort Jackson, SC
120th Adjutant General Battalion
(Reception), Fort Jackson, SC

In October 2002, The Army released Field Manual (FM) 7-0, Training the Force. Synchronized with other field manuals and publications being updated to respond to changes in Army, joint, multinational, and interagency operations, FM 7-0 is the capstone doctrinal manual for Army training and leader development. It provides the developmental methodology for training and growing competent, confident Soldiers, and it addresses both current and future Objective Force training requirements.

We are transforming the way we fight future wars, and The Army is participating fully in a DoD-sponsored program to transform how forces train to fight. This effort involves four major initiatives: building upon existing service interoperability training; linking component and joint command staff planning and execution; enhancing existing joint training exercises to address joint interoperability; and studying the requirement for dedicated joint training environments for functional warfighting and complex joint tasks. The Army is scheduled to host the first joint National Training Center (NTC) event at Fort Irwin, California, in May 2003. During June 2003, the U.S. Army Forces Command will execute the 2nd joint NTC event – JCS exercise ROVING SANDS.

During the late 1990s, funding for the recapitalization and modernization of The Army’s Combat Training Centers (CTCs) was reduced, eroding their capability to support their critical missions. Additionally, the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) equipment and current force instrumentation systems have become difficult to maintain. The Army’s CTC modernization program will ensure that our premier training areas (NTC at Fort Irwin, Combat Maneuver Training Center (CMTC) in Germany, the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, and the Deep Attack Center of Excellence near Gila Bend, AZ) are modernized to provide high quality, realistic, full-spectrum joint training. To address these problems, The Army will invest nearly $700M over the next six years to modernize these training centers.

 

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