U.S. Army Combat Training Center Program
What is it? The mission of the Combined Training Center Program (CTC) is to provide highly realistic and stressful joint, combined arms training for Soldiers, leaders, and units according to Army and joint doctrine. The CTCs produce bold, innovative leaders to deal with complex situations, flexible Soldiers with the warrior ethos, and well-trained units prepared for their assigned mission. The CTC Program includes the following organizations:
- The Battle Command Training Program (BCTP). Based at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. BCTP supports realistic, stressful training and leader development for corps, division, and brigade commanders and their staffs.
- The Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC). Located at Fort Polk, Louisiana, the JRTC primarily trains light infantry brigade combat teams against a "live" replicated opposing force. Though JRTC primarily trains light forces, it can and has trained heavy (mechanized) forces and Stryker brigade combat teams.
- The National Training Center (NTC). Located at Fort Irwin, California, the NTC primarily trains heavy brigade combat teams against a "live" replicated opposing force. Though NTC primarily trains heavy forces, it can and has trained light infantry forces and Stryker brigade combat teams.
- The Joint Multi-National Training Center (JMRC). Formerly known as the Combat Maneuver Training Center (CMTC) at Hohenfels, Germany, the JMRC primarily trains brigade combat teams assigned to the United States Army in Europe against a "live" replicated opposing force.
What has the Army done? Since 2003, the CTCs have primarily been planning, coordinating, and conducting Mission Rehearsal Exercises (MREs) for maneuver BCTs and Mission Readiness Exercises (MRXs) for commanders and staff to prepare units to operate in the Contemporary Operational Environment (COE) within a joint or multi-national force during stability and support operations or contingency operations. Training innovations at the CTCs are continually incorporated to replicate the current COE in Iraq and Afghanistan. The CTCs have drastically changed their training approach to better prepare Soldiers to meet the demands of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The MREs are specifically tailored to prepare units for the conditions in the combat zone, either Iraq or Afghanistan, to which they will deploy.
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