Tuesday July 3, 2012
What is it?
The Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, or WTBD, are fundamental combat skills in which all Soldiers, regardless of rank, component or Military Occupational Specialty, must maintain proficiency in order to fight and win on the battlefield. These skills are the building blocks of tactical training for all Soldiers during initial military training. Soldiers gain proficiency during advanced training in the school house and at units.
What has the Army done?
In September 2011, 300,000 Soldiers were surveyed as to what changes should be made to the WTBD. The vast majority agreed that the major WTBD revision released in early 2010 was very close to right.
The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) used these results as a baseline to host a WTBD Review Conference in November 2011. This conference consisted of a committee of Soldiers of all ranks who served in both the training force and in operational units.
The all-ranks Soldier committee agreed with the survey results but recommended adding two additional Battle Drills: "React to Indirect Fire" and "React to Ambush (near/far)." The revisions were vetted with major commands and received 100 percent concurrence.
The WTBD list provides commanders the focus and training resources required to build their Soldiers' skills so they may best adapt to their mission and their environment.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The WTBD list is now reviewed annually to ensure relevancy with current combat operations. TRADOC will publish the revised WTBD list on the Army Training Network and update the Soldier's Manual for Common Tasks Warrior Skills Level 1. This training publication is issued to new Soldiers on their first day of Basic Combat Training.
Why is this important to the Army?
An important tenet of the Soldier's Creed states, "I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained, and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills." Soldiers begin reciting these words on day one of Basic Combat Training. It remains a core principle of what it means to be an American Soldier.
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