Army Readiness Training

Monday, October 26, 2020

What is it?

The Army measures readiness by evaluating tactical units and their ability to execute predictable deployments against irregular threats. Army readiness training incorporates the required safeguards to establish “safety bubbles” around Soldiers and units as they get the essential training, they need, to remain ready to fight whenever and wherever the nation needs.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

The U.S. Army and the Department of Defense are taking appropriate risk reduction and testing protocols to detect the threat of COVID-19 and demonstrate the ability to effectively monitor and respond to confirmed cases.

During COVID 19 the Army had to limit its troop and exercise movement, training opportunities and other regular operations. Army’s priority is to maintain readiness while staying within the CDC guidelines with conducting readiness training during the pandemic. The Army’ efforts includes:

  • Developing and implementing systems and using resources to conduct collective training at the platoon, company, battalion and brigade levels on Army installations.
  • Conducting a week-long media campaign, Training Done Right in a COVID Environment, to inform that the Army continues its Readiness training effectively and safely during the pandemic.
    • Conducting a series of surveys on the impact of COVID as the Soldiers go through readiness training
    • Maximizing use of social media/online platforms
    • Planning periodic updates to the force on the status of the Coronavirus and readiness.
  • Suspending or scaling back military exercises
  • Following CDC guidelines for social distancing
  • Directing 14-day mandatory quarantine requirements for Soldiers returning from CDC -flagged countries

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The Army will continue to remain ready to respond globally to any adversarial threat and to meet any challenge directly and with force. Commanders are ensuring formations, including equipment, stay ready in this time of crisis while adhering to CDC and DOD guidelines regarding safety and social distancing. Proactive protective measures are being taken to remind those across Army commands to adhere to the guidelines outlined by the CDC to avoid contracting or spreading respiratory illnesses like the flu or COVID-19.

Why is this important to the Army?

Army must protect the force to protect the nation, at home and abroad, by staying ready to deploy and fight in a contingency, if necessary. The Army remains ready to respond globally, postured to execute the wartime mission and sustain combat operation, even during this global pandemic.

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Focus Quote for the Day

The Army is uniquely suited to respond to the coronavirus pandemic because of our multi-component structure. All components – Regular Army, National Guard and Army Reserve are in the fight. Through them, the Army is supporting local, state and federal requirements with unique capabilities, while maintaining trained and ready forces that can respond to multiple simultaneous contingencies worldwide.

— Secretry of the Army Ryan D. Mccarthy