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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, July 3 2012

Today's Focus:

Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills

Senior Leaders are Saying

Through the trials, challenges and hardships of the past 237 years, our nation has prevailed and America has stood for freedom. But freedom has a price. Past and present, our Citizen Soldiers have stood in the forefront in defense of our freedom at home and abroad. Their dedication and selfless service characterize every member of Army family who has volunteered to guard and protect our freedom and American way of life.

- Senior leader message

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What They're Saying

For the past decade, we've been training for the war mission, for the president, but we've also had dual mission, and that's for the state. When we do get the call, our guys come running, and we bring an edge to the fight. I bring my police experience, our firefighters, they bring their firefighter experience with them. All of the troops out there, our soldiers, our airmen, they're very anxious to assist in any way they can.

- Maj. Michael McClelland, Army National Guard and the commander for Task Force-Security for guarding the High Park area in Colorado, which is affected by wildfires

Colorado National Guard secures area around High Park

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Today's Focus

Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills

What is it?

The Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, or WTBD, are fundamental combat skills in which all Soldiers, regardless of rank, component or Military Occupational Specialty, must maintain proficiency in order to fight and win on the battlefield. These skills are the building blocks of tactical training for all Soldiers during initial military training. Soldiers gain proficiency during advanced training in the school house and at units.

What has the Army done?

In September 2011, 300,000 Soldiers were surveyed as to what changes should be made to the WTBD. The vast majority agreed that the major WTBD revision released in early 2010 was very close to right.

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) used these results as a baseline to host a WTBD Review Conference in November 2011. This conference consisted of a committee of Soldiers of all ranks who served in both the training force and in operational units.

The all-ranks Soldier committee agreed with the survey results but recommended adding two additional Battle Drills: React to Indirect Fire and React to Ambush (near/far). The revisions were vetted with major commands and received 100 percent concurrence.

The WTBD list provides commanders the focus and training resources required to build their Soldiers' skills so they may best adapt to their mission and their environment.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The WTBD list is now reviewed annually to ensure relevancy with current combat operations. TRADOC will publish the revised WTBD list on the Army Training Network and update the Soldier's Manual for Common Tasks Warrior Skills Level 1. This training publication is issued to new Soldiers on their first day of Basic Combat Training.

Why is this important to the Army?

An important tenet of the Soldier's Creed states, I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained, and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. Soldiers begin reciting these words on day one of Basic Combat Training. It remains a core principle of what it means to be an American Soldier.

Resources: Army Values- Soldier's Creed
Office of the Deputy Commanding General, Initial Military Training
STAND-TO!: Initial Military Training
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

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