U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)

Wednesday December 14, 2005

TRADOC, headquartered at Fort Monroe, Va., is a vibrant and critical command, one that is foundational to the Army and will continue to adapt and shape the Army -- Victory starts here.

TRADOC is the architect of the Army and thinks for the Army to meet the demands of a Nation at war. At the same time, TRADOC anticipates solutions to the challenges of tomorrow.

In order to effectively shape both today's Army and the Future Combat Force, TRADOC must recruit and train Soldiers, Develop Adaptive Leaders, Design today's Army Modular Force and the Future Combat Force and Maximize institutional learning and adaptation.

Throughout its history, TRADOC has provided a great foundation for the Army. Today, however, the world is changing around us and TRADOC is asking some hard questions: What should we change? What should we preserve?

TRADOC is committed to preserving its focus on Soldiers - the centerpiece of our formations. Agile and adaptive Soldiers and leaders give us a tremendous asymmetric advantage over our adversaries. The American Soldier is our most lethal weapon and our premier accomplishment. TRADOC makes that happen, and remains committed to preserving this.

TRADOC is at a momentous transition point where it must refocus it's energies as an engine of change, maintaining momentum in the transformation of the Operating Force, but extending its focus on the Institutional Army...and onto TRADOC itself. Although it is clear there is much to preserve, there is also much to change. TRADOC is in the process of determining what must change through the TRADOC Area of Interest (TAI) initiatives.

The TAI initiatives seek to achieve key tasks:

- Adapt processes to support the ARFORGEN model.
- Reshape the fundamental Army learning process for a dynamic operating environment.
- Seize the opportunities posed by BRAC and ARFORGEN model to accelerate integration across TRADOC and with other components of the Army.
- Reinforce TRADOC's role as the Soldier's representative to the requirements process and lead the Army in development of a flexible requirements process that recognizes opportunities and seizes initiative to accelerate solutions for our Soldiers.
- Shape the institutional base for an Operating Force and Generating Force that will be increasingly seamless.

TRADOC is a Major Subordinate Command of the Army, but more importantly, it has an 'enterprise' role to drive change across the Army. At the end state, TRADOC will have expanded its 'enterprise perspective' and will have adapted its processes, relationships and organizations to support the long war. There are many questions and TRADOC will collectively work toward the right solutions.

TRADOC is made up of four major organizations - U.S. Army Accessions Command, the Combined Arms Center, the Futures Center and the Combined Arms Support Command. TRADOC operates 33 schools at 16 installations, which conduct 1,714 courses (187 directly in support of mobilization) and 391 language courses. The 1,714 courses include 451,682 seats for 399,406 Soldiers; 29,238 other-service personnel; 6,723 international Soldiers; and 16,315 civilians. TRADOC is also the Army's proponent for cultural awareness training as of Jan. 1, 2005.

For more information on the command's organization and functions,see www.tradoc.army.mil and the on-line command briefing at 'About TRADOC' Webpage.

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

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WORLD VIEW

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

Victory starts in TRADOC. It starts at our training centers; that's where the foundation of our Army is built. As architect of the Army, we have an obligation to make that foundation as firm and solid as we can for the fight we're currently in, but we also have to be concerned about the victory we're going to fight and win five and 10 and 12 years from now. That's what the nation expects from us, and that's what we owe to the nation.

GEN. William S. Wallace
Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command

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