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eXportable Combat Training Capability

What is it? The Army National Guard's (ARNG) eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) provides an experience similar to a Combat Training Center to Guard Soldiers at home station or at a regional training center, minimizing cost and time away from home and jobs. XCTC is an instrumented battalion field training exercise designed to certify company proficiency in coordination with First Army.

XCTC leverages the Deployable Force-on-Force Instrumented Range System (DFIRST), developed by SRI International. DFIRST is a set of instruments the National Guard mounts on vehicles in order to monitor training outside a traditional range. DFIRST provides radar imagery for tracking vehicles across a battlefield.

Individual Soldiers carry the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement (MILES) 2000 and an Enhanced Digital Instrumentation (EDI).

What has the Army done? Recent accomplishments and activities include:

- The first rotation involved a Battalion Task Force that trained at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Kentucky.

- The next rotation is scheduled to be conducted at Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck Urban Training Area, Indiana in July 2006.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? First Army has designated a Training Support Battalion (TSBn) to support XCTC for 2006. The National Guard plans to increase the number of XCTC sets and increase the capability to train more battalions. The current goal is to train 12 battalions a year with multiple XCTC sets. Work is underway to improve the visualization capabilities to provide not only location but body positioning (prone, standing, kneeling). The visualization of weapons orientation (raised, slung, not present) is already operational.

Why is this important to the Army? Participating units involved in a rotation focus on Contemporary Operating Environment (COE) or theater specific tasks which provide for theater immersion.

For more additional information on eXportable Combat Training Capability

For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.

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