Silver Scimitar 2012

Friday February 3, 2012

What is it?

Silver Scimitar is the Army's premiere training exercise for human resources professionals across components to prepare for their wartime missions. Silver Scimitar 2012, held at Fort Devens, Mass., Jan. 21 to Feb. 2, will have trained more than 500 Soldiers from 22 different units, representing HR units from the U.S. Army Reserve, National Guard, as well as active duty, to provide theater-level sustainment for deployed Soldiers.

Held annually at Fort Devens, Mass., Silver Scimitar is for human resources what the National Training Center or Joint Readiness Training Center are for combat arms and support. Sponsored by U.S. Army Reserve Command, it has brought together trainers and advisers from multiple sources, including the Soldier Support Institute (the Adjutant General school), U.S. Army Central Command, the National Guard Bureau, Third Army/U.S. Army Central Command, Military Postal Service Authority and other government agencies.

What has the Army done?

By bringing together a diverse group of instructors and observers to conduct the exercise, the Army has created a unique way to provide HR sustainers the best tools available to help them carry out missions critical to serving its warfighters.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

Though not an official validation exercise, Silver Scimitar has evolved among the HR community as the best way to train units preparing to deploy. The Adjutant General Corps is striving to validate Silver Scimitar, a process by which an exercise is certified by U.S. First Army. The validation serves to shorten the mobilization process, and get the Soldiers, with their critical skills, to the battlefield quickly.

Why is this important to the Army?

Human Resources affect every Soldier on the battlefield, whether it's delivering mail, processing casualty reports, or conducting movements in and out of theater. Silver Scimitar is the hub where the past, present and future of human resources meet. Experts from the battlefield shared their best knowledge with Soldiers, some of whom will replace them in the field.

The Army Reserve has led the way in providing human resources for theater sustainment. Since transformation, HR units across components have come to share the same missions and possess similar assets. What began as a reserve component annual exercise now trains Soldiers in all components, at every level.

Resources:

U.S. Army Reserves Command
U.S. Army Human Resources Command

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