Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills

Thursday August 17, 2006

What is it? A Warrior Task and Battle Drill (WTBD) is defined as a skill taught in either Basic Combat Training or One Station Unit Training to train Soldiers how to survive in combat.

-A Warrior Task is an individual Soldier skill. These particular skills are deemed critical to Soldier survival. Examples include weapons training, tactical communications, urban operations, and first aid.

-Battle Drills are group skills designed to teach a unit to react and survive in common combat situations. Examples include react to ambush, react to chemical attack, and evacuate injured personnel from a vehicle.

What has the Army done?

-WTBD's increase the relevance of training to current combat requirements and enhance the rigor in training. Lessons learned from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom were the driving forces for change.

-In Advanced Individual Training (AIT), selected WTBD (urban operations, combatives, convoy operations, advanced rifle marksmanship, and rifle qualification if the AIT is longer than 23 weeks) are reinforced. Additionally, AIT school commandants may retrain any of the WTBD they deem critical to specific specialties.

See Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills for additional information

For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.


Program for Soldiers to Earn $1,000 Referral Bonus Expanded

The latest recruiting incentive that will pay Soldiers a $1,000 lump payment for referring applicants who enlist, complete basic training, and graduate advanced individual training has been expanded. Effective 1 June 2006, Army Retirees are eligible to provide referrals under this program and receive the $1K bonus by referring persons that have not previously conducted an appointment with a recruiter.

The Secretary of the Army may pay a bonus to any Soldier who refers to an Army recruiter a person who has not previously served in the Armed Forces and enlists in either the Active Army, Army National Guard or the Army Reserves. The referral may not be an immediate family member and the Soldier referring may not be serving in a recruiting or retention assignment.


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