Army's Atlanta conference targets restoring units' equipment and readiness

Friday June 19, 2009

What is it?

On June 17th, the U.S. Army Forces Command hosted a RESET Rehearsal of Concept Drill at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta featuring more than 430 stakeholders from 19 major agencies and commands -- all focused on restoring deployed units to an appropriate level of equipment, Soldier, and Family readiness in preparation for future deployments and contingencies. The intent is to leverage the ROC drill format to develop a common framework that will lead to a refined RESET process more effectively synchronized within Army Force Generation.

Forces Command's logistics and operations planners designed the RESET ROC Drill to help institutionalize RESET within the Army's four core enterprises (Readiness, Human Capital, Materiel, and Services and Infrastructure and to align the core-enterprise outputs to specific outcomes.

A ROC drill is a tool that ground force commanders use to synchronize, align and coordinate their forces on a terrain model. The Army Force Generation process involves a structured progression that increases unit readiness over time, resulting in recurring periods of trained, ready and cohesive units that collectively supply the Army with a supply of capabilities prepared to meet combatant command and service requirements.

What has the Army done?

The Chief of Staff of the Army challenged the Army to develop a RESET model based on a 15-month dwell for the active component (AC) units and 48-month dwell for the reserve component (RC) units to accelerate reconstitution of the force to increase unit readiness and improve preparation for deployment. RESET is a cyclical process that restores deployed units to a level of personnel and equipment readiness that permits resumption of training for future missions.

As an element of Institutional Adaptation, the Army is taking an Enterprise approach by aligning efforts to four core enterprises that are focused on functional support of the ARFORGEN process. Within this approach, Forces Command serves as the greater part of the Readiness Core Enterprise responsible for the synchronization and integration discussed earlier.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army is implementing a RESET model that provides an initial reconstitution period to allow for Soldier and family reintegration. At the end of this reconstitution period, units will be manned, equipped, & rested; Soldiers will be intellectually prepared to begin focused training.

To enable an Enterprise Approach, the entire Army - the Generating Force and Operating Force - must undertake the necessary institutional adaptation needed to generate forces more efficiently, making the best of available resources.

Resources:

Army Posture Statement 2008 Addendum F, "Reset"

Army Enterprise Web site

Related article: Hundreds gather to plan Army Reset for Afghanistan, Iraq

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"The ROC Drill shows there is no doubt that senior Army leaders are aware of the burden that our Soldiers and families bear and we are committed, as an enterprise, to finding innovative and comprehensive ways to lighten their load."

- Lt. Gen. Robert Durbin, special assistant to the Army chief of staff for enterprise management

Hundreds gather to plan Army Reset for Afghanistan, Iraq

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"So often, we as NCOs just take people's word for what 'right' really is. Warrior Leader's Course tells the sergeants that come through here what the Army expects from them in their position as a leader. We give them the tools to be successful at it, and give them the opportunity to observe what 'right' looks like."

- Staff Sgt. Christopher Massey, a level 4 combatives instructor at the 7th Army NCO Academy, certifies Soldiers attending the Academy's Warrior Leaders' Course in Level 1 combatives

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