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So You’ve Got a DATE with a Combat Training Center?

by COL Esli T. Pitts

So you are going to a combat training center for a rotation in the decisive-action training environment? Awesome! Either it will be a nightmare or one of the most professionally rewarding experiences of your career to date. It’s up to you to set conditions and make opportunities.

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Maximizing Combat Training Center Rotations

by CPT Robert W. Stillings Jr.

As the Army refocuses on the complexities of decisive action, it has become evident that some capabilities have atrophied. It has generally been accepted that it will take time for the Army to transition from counterinsurgency to conducting DA operations. However, it is critical that we compress the timeline as much as possible.

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Lessons-Learned for a Tank Company at Joint Readiness Training Center

by CPT Benjamin M. Staats

This article’s purpose is to review some lessons-learned from a tank company supporting an infantry brigade combat team at the Joint Readiness Training Center. A tank company at JRTC faces challenges that vary drastically from those faced at the National Training Center.

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Logistics Forecasting and Estimates in the Brigade Combat Team

by CPT Michael Johnson and LTC Brent Coryell

Accurate forecasting of logistic requirements is a crucial, yet often overlooked, process in the mission-analysis phase of logistics planners’ decision-making. Planners tend to submit the same requests day-to-day instead of analyzing the mission and factors such as requirements, consumption rates, time and distance.

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1/101st (Bastogne) Lessons-Learned from Joint Readiness Training Center Rotation 16-06

by MAJ Rick Montcalm and MAJ Joseph Mickley

We completed our first decisive-action JRTC rotation after more than a decade and found that our ability to fight a hybrid threat like the one we faced there had atrophied. In this article, we share our lessons-learned, grouped into broad themes that cross over several warfighting functions.

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Heavy Weapons in a Light Airborne World: a Delta Company in Decisive-Action Combined Arms

by CPT Michael F.R. Freeman

Weapons companies have been employed incorrectly for many years. With that in mind, you can predict that a weapons company will not be employed to its full potential as it heads into a training rotation at a combat training center.

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Troop-Level Mission Command: a Troop Commander’s Approach

by MAJ Amos C. Fox

Responsibility for developing an effective mission-command network at troop level rests foremost on the troop commander. I will describe one approach to develop reciprocal trust through a comprehensive platoon-leader development program. Although focused developing platoon leaders, the approach can also be applied by junior leaders to develop their subordinates.

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2016 Sullivan Cup: Demonstrating Mastery of Fundamentals and Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

by COL John M. Cushing and MAJ Wes Wilhite

The U.S. Army Armor School hosted the biennial Sullivan Cup competition at Fort Benning, GA, May 1 to 6, 2016. This article discusses the Armor School’s preparation for the third iteration of the Sullivan Cup and provides feedback to the Armor community about how to improve tank-crew proficiency.

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JAGIC 101 – An Army Leader’s Guide

by MAJ James P. Kane Jr.

The emphasis placed on readying the Army for a decisive-action combat scenario has been felt throughout the force in recent years. One of the effects of this effort has been the implementation of the Joint Air-Ground Integration Center at every division headquarters in the Army.

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Developing the Panther: Valuable Lessons in Rapid Development, Fielding

by MAJ Matthew Prescott

In today’s resource-constrained environment, the procurement, development and fielding of new equipment for the U.S. military remains just as scrutinized as equipment procurement was during both world wars and in the subsequent Cold War.

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Integration of Cognitive Training for Performance Optimization: Creating Experts through Understanding Cognitive Functions

by CPT Aaron B. Price

It’s important to explore the Army’s current training methodology to identify areas where scientific research and performance experts can be leveraged to help leaders increase efficiency in achieving or maintaining an objective "T" (trained). The current "one size fits all" approach to training results in wasted time and energy and does not take into account that every Soldier is different.

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The Tactical Intelligence Officer’s Role in the Stryker Cavalry Squadron

by 1LT Michael Dompierre

This article encompasses my personal perspectives, influenced by both doctrine and successful experiences at National Training Center Rotation 15-10, on the role of the military-intelligence lieutenant (or assistant S-2 officer) who is serving on the cavalry squadron staff as well as at the (forward) tactical command post.

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Ranger School Provides Tips for Shaping Training Plans

by COL David G. Fivecoat, CPT Ronnie L. Cunningham Jr. and CPT Sam S. Rieger

In the upcoming DA PAM 600-3 update, 2LTs assigned to IBCTs and SBCTs will attend Ranger School; 2LTs assigned to ABCTs are strongly encouraged to attend Ranger School; captains assigned to IBCT cavalry squadrons will attend CLC and are highly encouraged to attend Ranger School. With this in mind, the Ranger School provides Soldiers and units assistance in shaping training plans to increase their success.

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The Overlooked Mentors

by MAJ Terron Wharton

We often talk about mentoring junior officers and how important it is for senior officers to develop protégées. What we overlook is that the most important mentor for a young officer is not a senior officer, it is an NCO. NCOs are the primary mentors in the three most critical stages of officer development.

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