Unit Combined Arms Training Strategies

Thursday April 17, 2008

What is it?

Combined Arms Training Strategies (CATS) are a Department of the Army-funded program that offers collective training strategies to help tactical unit leaders build readiness rapidly.

What has the Army done?

To date, the Army has developed 433 CATS from platoon through brigade combat team levels for both the active and reserve components. In addition, six generic CATS, called functional CATS, have been developed for use by any unit requiring training plans in the following areas: stability operations, urban operations, deployment, command and control, force protection and air assault operations.

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- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

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