U.S. Army Combat Training Center Program

Thursday August 31, 2006

What is it? The mission of the U.S. Army Combat Training Center (CTC) Program is to provide highly realistic and stressful joint, combined arms training for Soldiers, leaders, and units according to Army and joint doctrine. The CTCs produce bold, innovative leaders to deal with complex situations, flexible Soldiers with the warrior ethos, and well-trained units in preparation for their wartime missions. The CTC Program includes the following organizations: The Battle Command Training Program (BCTP) based at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. BCTP supports realistic, stressful training and leader development for corps, division, and brigade commanders and their staffs of Army Service Component Commands / Army Forces. The Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) located at Fort Polk, Louisiana primarily trains light infantry Brigade Combat Teams against a "live" replicated opposing force. Though JRTC primarily trains light forces, it can and has trained heavy (mechanized) forces and Stryker Brigade Combat Teams. The National Training Center (NTC) located at Fort Irwin, California primarily trains heavy Brigade Combat Teams against a "live" replicated opposing force. Though NTC primarily trains heavy forces, it can and has trained light infantry forces and Stryker Brigade Combat Teams. The Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) at Hohenfels, Germany primarily trains Brigade Combat Teams assigned to the United States Army in Europe against a "live" replicated opposing force in a Contemporary Operational Environment. JRTC, NTC, and JMRC also plan, coordinate and conduct Mission Rehearsal Exercises to prepare units to operation within a joint or multi-national force during stability and support operations or contingency operations.

What has the Army done? Training innovations at the Combat Training Centers are continually incorporated to replicate the current Contemporary Operational Environment in Iraq and Afghanistan. Training is specifically tailored to prepare units for the conditions in the combat zone.

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


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