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Mobile Training Teams (MTT) for Warrior Leader Course (WLC)

What is it?
The WLC is the entry level leader course in the Noncommissioned Officer Education System (NCOES). It lays the foundation for future leader training by teaching leadership principles, developing leader traits, and preparing Soldiers to assume their first formal leadership position.

The WLC is usually taught at one of 16 Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) academies within the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) to promotable specialists and sergeants (enlisted grades E-4 and E-5) from all specialties. Instruction includes the practical application of leader tasks followed by hands-on, performance-oriented training in a 96-hour field situational training exercise. Small group instructors assess student performance and leadership potential and provide student counseling

What has the Army done?
In FY08, TRADOC conducted its first WLC MTT in response to the 4th Infantry Division Commander's request to provide multiple WLC classes at Fort Carson, Colorado for 660 Soldiers during their pre-deployment phase. Fort Carson is unique among large installations in that there is no local NCO academy. Soldiers are usually sent in a temporary duty status to regional NCO academies such as Fort Bliss, Texas or Camp Williams, Utah for WLC instruction.

The TRADOC Operations Staff (G-3/5/7) Sergeant Major tasked the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy to form a team of instructors and support personnel from multiple academies and conduct a WLC MTT at Fort Carson. Without the MTT, these Soldiers would not have been able to take the WLC in residence at an NCO academy prior to deployment and would have been disadvantaged for promotion.

TRADOC continues to assess the viability of providing WLC MTTs at Soldiers' home stations, with an eye toward keeping the Soldiers with their Families during reset, while simultaneously reducing the mounting backlog of Soldiers in the Army who need the WLC. This is accomplished by using the Army Training Assistance Team (ARTAT) consisting of training representatives from Headquarters Department of the Army, TRADOC, and United States Army Forces Command. The ARTAT meets with a deployed unit's rear detachment six months prior to the unit's return to develop reset training programs/MTTs. TRADOC developed a 15-day course for MTTs, which contains the same number of instructional hours as the 29-day course by extending the duty day, training 7 days per week, and reducing the amount of counseling required. The use of a Deployed Digital Training Campus equipped with computer workstations and communications links back to the training base resulted in increased MTT instructional efficiency and effectiveness.

A major benefit is that the MTT provides maximum flexibility for the requesting unit so that units can maximize attendance and minimize travel and per diem costs. An added benefit to using the MTT is that it allows WLC students to rejoin their Families at night during the course. The Soldiers warmly received this mobile training and its success prompted another commander's request to conduct another MTT for more than 300 Soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army plans to continue providing WLC MTTs when requested. TRADOC will continue working with unit training personnel and leaders involved in the ARTAT process to identify WLC MTTs in sufficient time to appropriately resource them. TRADOC will continue to coordinate with the Reserve Components training organizations that do not have access to an NCO academy, and other large Soldier populations to take some of the load on a space available basis.

Why is this important to the Army?
The WLC provides the leadership foundation upon which the Army bases its future NCOs and is essential to growing a highly trained and effective fighting force. The MTTs provide cost effective training to Soldiers at home station and maximize family time during a Soldier's first few months after a return from an operational deployment.

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