Surviving the first 100 days in combat handbooks

Tuesday April 1, 2008

What is it?

The Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) is producing a series of handbooks that help leaders and Soldiers accomplish the mission and survive the first 100 days in combat. In this initial period, a commander and the staff adjust to the tactical environment, the enemy and each other. Soldiers, small unit leaders, staff officers and commanders with combat experience submitted surveys and were interviewed by CALL analysts for the information in the handbooks. According to the collection, there's no doubt that the early period of the deployment, when people are gaining an understanding of the environment, is the most dangerous.

What has the Army done?

The first handbook, CALL Soldiers' Handbook No.07-15, The First 100 Days, published in March 2007, focused on Soldier-level skills. It has been CALL's most popular publication with over 200,000 copies printed. The second, CALL Leader's Handbook No. 07-27, followed in July 2007 and provided information to leaders at the company level and below. Handbook 08-10 The First 100 Days, Commander and Staff published in February 2008 is for brigade and battalion commanders and their staffs. The final handbook will cover military transition teams and the unique issues they face in training and advising Iraqi military units.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The First 100 Days Transition Team Handbook will be available in spring 2008. CALL will continue to support the warfighter by collecting, analyzing, disseminating, integrating and archiving lessons learned from current operations and training events.

Why is this important to the Army?

The handbooks, designed to fit into the cargo pocket of the Army combat uniform, contain hard-won information from the field intended to assist Soldiers, leaders and staff officers in preparing for combat. The handbooks are available on the CALL Web site to servicemembers, Department of Defense Civilians and validated U.S. government contractors and coalition allies.


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