"The men and women of the United States military have made enormous sacrifices for Iraq. They have achieved great things, and the best way we can bring them home is to make sure our new strategy succeeds." -President George Bush speaking to reporters, July 12.
Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills
What is it? Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills (WTBD) are defined as skills taught in Basic Combat Training (BCT) or One Station Unit Training (OSUT) to train Soldiers how to survive in the combat environment.
- Warrior Tasks are a collection of individual Soldier skills deemed critical to Soldier survival. Examples include weapons training, tactical communications, urban operations, and first aid.
- Battle Drills are group skills designed to teach a unit to react and survive in common combat situations. Examples include react to ambush, react to chemical attack, and evacuate injured personnel from a vehicle.
What has the Army done? WTBD increase the relevance of training to current combat requirements and enhance the rigor in training. The driving force behind the change was lessons learned from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and comments from OIF/OEF veterans. The WTBD continue to evolve to meet the needs of the operational Army. For example, as resources become available, Combat Life Saver certification will be conducted in BCT and OSUT.
- In Advanced Individual Training (AIT), selected WTBD (urban operations, combatives, convoy operations (convoy live-fire for OD, TC, QM, MI, SC), advanced rifle marksmanship, and rifle qualification if the AIT is longer than 23 weeks) are reinforced. Additionally, AIT school commandants may retrain any of the WTBD they deem critical to specific specialties.
- Currently there are 40 Warrior Tasks and 11 Battle Tasks being taught.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? An annual review of the WTBD is conducted to maintain relevance to current operations. Army Warrior Training, the new program that replaced common task testing, focuses on WTBD training for all military personnel throughout the Army.
Why is this important to the Army? As combat situations can occur anywhere on the battlefield it is important that all Soldiers possess specific skills needed to survive. WTBD produce Soldiers who are better prepared to fight on today's battlefield immediately upon arrival at their first unit of assignment.
- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement. To continue reading this topic in its entirety, click here.
- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide.