2006 Army Posture Statement: Train and Equip Soldiers

Thursday February 16, 2006

The Army is preparing our Soldiers for the rigors of war and leaders to serve as multi-skilled pentathletes amidst complexity and uncertainty. We are:

- Producing Soldiers armed with the values, skills, and mindset to serve as competent, resilient warriors.

- Reinforcing our commitment to our shared Warrior Ethos among all of our Soldiers and civilians.

- Enhancing our education and training programs - at our home stations, our Combat Training Centers, and across our institutional training base.

- Leveraging lessons learned in combat, countering insurgents, promoting stability, and supporting reconstruction.

- Continuing to build the best capabilities possible - by providing the best possible weapons, sensors, and protection for our Soldiers.

- Expanding cultural awareness in our military education programs and enhancing emphasis on foreign language training.

The Army Vision centers on producing Soldiers armed with the values, combat skills and mindset that enable them to serve as competent, disciplined Warriors who reflect our shared ethos. Our training programs, at our home stations, our Combat Training Centers and across our institutional training base are leveraging our combat experiences to grow adaptive leaders who are highly skilled, resilient, able to thrive in rapidly changing environments and ready to operate with our interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational partners. We are committed to continuing to equip our Soldiers with the best capabilities, weapons and protection our Nation can provide - leveraging our national strength to reduce risk to our Soldiers.

For further information on this and other strategic initiatives, visit the Army Posture Statement website at www.army.mil/aps/06 .


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Far more than just material solutions, Army Transformation is a multidimensional process which involves adapting new technologies to war fighting; developing improved Joint operating concepts and business processes; changing organizational structures, and developing leaders, people, and a culture that are relevant to the future. It's important to remember that Army Transformation is not an end state; it is a continuous journey in which the Operational Army and the Institutional Army adapt to an ever-changing operational environment. As such, Army Transformation is ingrained in everything we do - today, tomorrow and forever.

Dr. Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the United States Army


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