We welcome the decision to eliminate the Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule. Throughout over a decade of war, the leadership, contributions and sacrifice of women Soldiers have been absolutely invaluable to the Army's success. The Army has led the effort to eliminate gender-based barriers to service, such as our implementation of the exception to policy allowing women to be assigned to select positions in ground combat units at battalion level. We will continue to proactively support and implement changes to personnel policies in an integrated and phased approach.
Over the next few months, we will continue to analyze gender neutral standards and open additional occupational specialties to women in a deliberate way that preserves unit readiness, cohesion, and morale. Fundamentally, this is about managing talent and posturing the Army and individual Soldiers for success.
- Joint statement on behalf of the Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, and the Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno.
Army eliminates Direct Ground Combat Definition, Assignment Rule
Technology has advanced and warfare has changed, but Soldier determination has not changed. Our Soldiers are just as tough, just as innovative, just as intelligent and just as hardworking as their forefathers were.
- Lt. Col. Kevin Brown, commander of 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, a diverse group of engineers and other enablers that supports the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team.
Combat Engineers recount reasons for success in Afghanistan bomb-clearing mission
150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War
COMING SOON: Redesigned STAND-TO! website: http:www.army.mil/standto
Black History Month- Visit website: African Americans in the U.S. Army
National Patient Recognition Month
Feb. 18: President's Day Holiday (NO STAND-TO!)
Feb. 20- 22- AUSA's ILW Winter Symposium & Exposition
Counter-IED Training for Reserve Component Forces
What is it?
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) continue to be the threat weapon of choice and remain the leading cause of casualties to service members engaged in overseas contingency operations. Counter-IED training for our nation's reserve component (RC) forces is focused on defeating IED effects and attacking the network behind it. This training is critical to saving the lives of Soldiers on the battlefield.
What has the Army done?
The Army has provided the necessary resources and enablers to ensure C-IED training is conducted as a pre-deployment requirement for RC forces. First Army, as a multi-component organization of skilled trainer/mentors (T/Ms), serves as Forces Command's executing agent for advising, assisting and training RC formations in C-IED training. In addition, First Army conducts a C-IED Master Trainer Course at Camp Shelby, Miss., to train active and reserve component Soldiers to serve as C-IED subject matter experts in their units. First Army T/Ms support C-IED training at unit home stations and at mobilization force generation installations located throughout the United States prior to an RC deployment.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?
First Army recognizes that C-IED training will be an enduring requirement and an integral part of individual Soldier, leader, mission command and unit collective training in the future. C-IED master trainers incorporate lessons learned and the latest friendly and enemy tactics, techniques and procedures from the past decade to create relevant C-IED scenarios for RC unit lanes training and culminating training events.
In an era of constrained budgets and limited resources, First Army is expanding the use of live, virtual, and constructive/gaming systems to train RC units on C-IED. Interactive systems such as the Mobile Counter-IED Interactive Trainer (MCIT), Dismounted Interactive Counter-IED Environment for Training (DICE-T), and Virtual Battle Space 2 (VBS2) familiarize Soldiers on how insurgents use IEDs, teach the key components of executing dismounted patrols, and demonstrate ways to counter various threats.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army's total force policy relies heavily on RC formations as our nation's operational reserve and military strategy. First Army ensures C-IED training is integrated into RC deployment plans regardless of the supported location, conditions, or combatant command and then trains unit formations to the same stringent Army standards to increase Soldier survival on the battlefield.
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FORSCOM Counter IED Integration Cell (CI2C)
DCIED: TRADOC's primary lead for C-IED which provides guidance for synchronizing and integrating C-IED capabilities for the Army
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