Pre-Deployment and Operational Training of Provincial Reconstruction Teams
June 9, 2010
<b>Pre-Deployment and Operational Training of Provincial Reconstruction Teams</b>
<b>What is it' </b>
First Army Division East mobilizes, trains, validates and deploys Provincial Reconstruction Teams to Afghanistan. PRTs are a multi-component, joint interagency organization consisting of military personnel, civilian advisers and representatives from government agencies. Members support reconstruction efforts and empower local governments to operate more effectively. PRT members train under theater specific conditions to provide security, support and assistance to reconstruction efforts in country.
<b>What has First Army done' </b>
PRT personnel begin their training well before arrival at the mobilization station. In concert with First Army Division East and their lead training element, the 189th IN BDE, PRT members schedule and conduct individual and specialty training at various venues throughout the United States.
Senior leaders participate in a pre-deployment site survey in Afghanistan to meet local leaders and observe current PRT operations. The latest lessons learned and best practices are incorporated into their collective training. Upon arrival at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, Air Force and Navy personnel are indoctrinated into the Army, learn Army staffing systems and procedures, and receive basic combat training to include weapons qualification, convoy procedures, counterinsurgency and counter-improvised explosive device. Later, civilian agency team members arrive and join their military counterparts to undergo civil-military operations training, combat and theater-specific training. Basic combat skills and technical instruction is integrated into numerous situational training exercises and command post exercises.
Teams also undergo sustainment training and employ the Tactical Conflict Assessment Planning Framework to hone their ability to understand and put in place development solutions. Training concludes with a culminating training exercise which immerses the team in an operational environment that tests their ability to analyze, stabilize and provide the way forward in reconstruction and empowerment of local governments.
<b>What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future' </b>
The 189th IN BDE utilizes role players to enhance training and plans to continue to expand this practice by including Afghanistan National Security Forces and civilian interagency personnel as trainers and training participants to provide the most current, realistic and challenging training possible.
<b>Why is this important to the Army' </b>
A major step forward in ensuring mission success is bringing the PRTs together before deploying and having all departments integrate with their military counterparts under a theater specific environment. As efforts continue to stabilize, secure, reconstruct and develop Afghanistan, the PRTs mission will remain most critical and a key component to securing and sustaining a self-functioning democracy.
<a href="http://1aeast.army.mil/" target="_blank">First Army Division East </a>
<a href=" http://1aeast.army.mil/189inbde/index.html" target="_blank">189th IN BDE</a>
<a href="http://publicintelligence.net/isaf-provincial-reconstruction-team-prt-handbook/" target="_blank"> ISAF PRT Handbook, Edition 4</a>