Initial Military Training
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"Just as the contributions that our servicemen and women make to this nation don't end when they take off their uniform, neither do our obligations to them. When we fulfill those obligations, we aren't just keeping faith with our veterans; we are keeping faith with the ideals of service and sacrifice upon which this republic was founded."
- President Obama, at the Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Nov. 11, 2009
Obama's Pledge: America will fulfill obligations to Veterans
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Year of the Noncommissioned Officer
"I wouldn't want my citizenship any other way than while I'm in the service. I am proud of serving the United States through the military. My love for a country that I proudly call my own can't be shown in any other way than by serving in a way that I will never forget."
- Spc. Daut Zenuni, of Fort Hood's 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, came to the United States from Gjakova, Kosovo, when he was 9 to escape the violence of the Kosovo Conflict
Leaving his past behind, Soldier begins new life as U.S. citizen
A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT
WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS
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Initial Military Training
What is it?
In order to maintain senior-level oversight of training related issues, the Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) has established a separate, stand-alone Initial Military Training (IMT) organization. The TRADOC deputy commanding general-IMT is responsible for developing agile warriors in support of ARFORGEN and ensuring the force gets the right Soldier and leader, at the right time, in the right places, with the right competencies.
What has the Army done?
The Army has re-tasked the U.S. Army Accessions Command to relocate from Fort Monroe to Fort Knox, merge with Human Resources Command, and form the new Human Resources Center of Excellence. In order to retain a 3-star focus on Initial Military Training, the Army has split the IMT responsibility from Army Accessions Command to form a new TRADOC deputy commanding general. This organization has the sole mission of creating an IMT enterprise that assesses training and ensures compliance, standardization, rigor and innovation of relevant training as a TRADOC priority mission.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
To support this initiative, TRADOC has reorganized all eighteen of the Army's IMT training brigades to be under the purview of the DCG-IMT. In addition, two Army Reserve Training Commands - the 80th and 108th division - have been placed under the Operational Control of the TRADOC DCG-IMT. Within the next year, the Basic Combat Training Center of Excellence (BCT-CoE, Fort Jackson) and the Directorate of Basic Combat Training will be realigned under the DCG-IMT. These organizations include the Army Drill Sergeant School, the Army AIT Platoon Sergeant School, the Army Physical Fitness proponency, and the Army Prep School. The TRADOC DCG-IMT will be charged with the mission to ensure training evolves to meet the changing demands and developing tactics from an asymmetric and hybrid threat.
Why is this important to the Army?
All newly commissioned officers and new recruits receive initial military training, transforming them from a civilian volunteer to skilled Soldiers and leaders. The initial military training - conducted at dozens of sites across the Army -provides the basic knowledge, skills and behaviors individuals need to become Soldiers, succeed as members of Army units, contribute to mission accomplishment and survive and win on the battlefield. In support of this outcome, the Army employs an extensive training infrastructure in the institutional Army that is designed to prepare its Soldiers and leaders for the challenges of the full-spectrum military environment. IMT includes Basic Combat Training (BCT), Advanced Individual Training (AIT), One Station Unit Training (OSUT), and the Basic Officer Leaders Courses (BOLC). IMT motivates Soldiers to become dedicated and productive and qualifies them in warrior tasks and knowledge and the training conducted during this period of time instills an appreciation for the Army's place in a democratic society, inspires the warrior ethos and introduces the Army values.
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