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Unit Combined Arms Training Strategies

What is it? The Unit Combined Arms Training Strategies (CATS) program is a DA funded executed program that provides suggested collective training strategies for unit leaders to establish readiness in their units' doctrinal missions.

What has the Army done? To date, 408 CATS from platoon through Brigade Combat Team levels have been developed. Strategies have also been developed for active and reserve component CATS for the Current Force, Transitional FXXI, and modular units. In addition, six generic CATS, called Functional CATS, have been developed for use by any unit needing training plans in the following areas:

- Stability Operations,
- Urban Operations,
- Deployment,
- Command and Control,
- Force Protection, and
- Air Assault Operations.

CATS developers ensure validation of the units CATS by using units and that CATS are integrated with the Army Forces Generation (ARFORGEN) Model. Unit CATS are available through Army Knowledge Online (AKO) and the Digital Training Management System (DTMS).

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army is currently developing CATS for active and reserve component Functional Brigades including:

- Air Defense Artillery,
- Military Police,
- Army Medical Command,
- Civil Affairs Brigade,
- Combined Arms Support Command units, and
- Theater Sustainment Command.

The U.S. Army Reserve Component Command requested CATS development for a substantial list of Army Reserve units. Specifically, 43 CATS for Army Reserve Transportation, Quartermaster, and Ordnance units are under development. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2006, the CATS Program received $800,000 in initial funding; and $2.3 Million in end-of- year funding. To date, Department of the Army has not released any FY 2007 CATS funds. Upon release of funds, the following Theater/Functional Brigade Unit CATS will be addressed:

- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement. To continue reading this topic in its entirety, click here.

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- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide.

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