• On March 25, the new list of Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills was released. The changes were met with unanimous approval from commanders Army-wide.

    IMT for WTBD

    On March 25, the new list of Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills was released. The changes were met with unanimous approval from commanders Army-wide.

  • Soldiers in basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., practice combatives techniques using pugil sticks. Fort Jackson and other Initial Military Training (IMT) sites have been the scene of recent changes in the way U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command conducts combatives, one of the Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills. Combatives changed from a series of grappling moves to fighting with fists and weapons, and emphasizes keeping on the feet. The new style of combatives, most of which are taught and trained in full "battle rattle," according to Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, TRADOC's Deputy Commanding General for IMT, incorporates the relevancy of the Army's current fight to new and diverse fighting techniques: martial arts, fighting, grappling and weapon techniques.

    Pugil stick training

    Soldiers in basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., practice combatives techniques using pugil sticks. Fort Jackson and other Initial Military Training (IMT) sites have been the scene of recent changes in the way U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command...

  • Soldiers train in new combatives techniques at Fort Benning, Ga., as part of the changes in the Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills. According to Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's Deputy Commanding General for Initial Military Training (IMT), most of the new techniques are taught and trained in full "battle rattle" to incorporate the relevancy of the Army's current fight to new and diverse fighting techniques.

    New combatives techniques

    Soldiers train in new combatives techniques at Fort Benning, Ga., as part of the changes in the Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills. According to Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's Deputy Commanding General for Initial...

  • A Soldier pulls his "wounded" buddy out of the line of paintball "fire" during Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills training at Fort Knox, Ky. Paintball is used to simulate movement and contact conditions for Soldiers in basic training across U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command sites. Over the last several months, according to Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, TRADOC's Deputy Commanding General for Initial Military Training (IMT), IMT has been leading efforts to re-establish the Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills as "a more relevant and across-the-force training aid. These Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills are applicable to every soldier -- from private to general, and to all Military Occupational Specialties and branches. In the past, there were too many Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, they were not well known, and many people thought they were only applied in IMT." The new tasks and battle drills are now available on the Army Training Network Website.

    Helping a buddy

    A Soldier pulls his "wounded" buddy out of the line of paintball "fire" during Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills training at Fort Knox, Ky. Paintball is used to simulate movement and contact conditions for Soldiers in basic training across U.S. Army...

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command released the Army's new Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, and the Critical Individual Supporting Task List elaborating on those tasks and battle drills, March 25.

A PDF document with the new information can be downloaded by clicking <a href="https://atn.army.mil/Media/docs/WTBD%20List%20Mar%202010%20-%20Copy.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>, or from the "What's Hot" list on the <a href="https://atn.army.mil" target="_blank">Army Training Network</a> homepage.

The information is accessed using one's Army Knowledge Online (AKO) password or Common Access Card (CAC) login.

The last major overhaul of the tasks and battle drills was 2005, although the number of tasks and drills has evolved in response to lessons-learned from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We now have a list which has been unanimously approved by all Army commands universally," said Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, TRADOC's deputy commanding general for Initial Military Training (IMT). "Some of old tasks and drills introduced in basic training were not relevant - they were not things most Soldiers would use at any point in their careers. They'd see it one time and then never see it again."

The old tasks and drills list were organized under headings such as "shoot," "communicate," "urban operations," and "move and fight," and contained roughly 32 tasks, 207 subtasks and 12 battle drills.

The new list is streamlined, with 15 tasks, 76 subtasks and four battle drills, organized under the headings "shoot," "move," "communicate," and "survive and adapt."

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