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Sullivan Cup Overview

WHAT:

The 49th Chief of Armor cordially invites your organization to participate in the 2016 Sullivan Cup Precision Gunnery Competition hosted by the Maneuver Center of Excellence. The event is scheduled to be conducted from 02-06 May 2016 at Fort Benning, Georgia (FBGA). Early arrival on 25 April 2016 is encouraged in order to provide competitors with additional time for acclimatization and vehicle familiarization. The competition will be a physically and mentally demanding world-class event that rigorously tests US Army Soldiers, US Marines, and International Partners in tank crew maneuver, sustainment, and gunnery skills.

WHO:

Each Active Component Army Division is invited to send one (1) tank crew for every Armored Brigade Combat Team in its organization to compete in the Sullivan Cup. The 11th ACR is invited to send one (1) crew. Additionally, the Army National Guard (ARNG) is permitted to send four (4) crews to compete. The United States Marine Corps is invited to send one (1) crew to compete. Two (2) crews from each selected International Partner are also invited to attend the competition. The selected International Partners are Australia, Canada, and Germany. Teams will consist of qualified, Battle Roster tank crews currently holding Tank Commander, Gunner, Driver, and Loader responsibilities within their respective organizations. Tank Commanders will be either 19K30/40 or 19A personnel.

WHERE:

Fort Benning, GA.

WHEN:

Dates: 01-06 May 2016.

HOW:

Sequence of events: The Sullivan Cup will encompass six (6) days. Crews will be evaluated on physical fitness, problem solving, and tactical and precision gunnery skills to identify the top tank crew. U.S. Army Tactics, Techniques and Procedures are used as the foundational reference to ensure the competition is conducted with the highest of standards.

Day -6 to Day-1:“Crew Preparation and Opening Ceremonies”
Arrival, check-in procedures, crew tank preparation in Harmony Church motor-pool, AGTS (if needed), initial movements to DMPRC, LFAST, machine gun zero, DMPRC Range Orientation.

Day+0: “Physical Event”
The Physical Event is designed to test the fitness level of the competitors by evaluating how well the individual and crew can negotiate various physical tasks that replicate situations that a tank crew may face in the operating environment.

Day+1 to Day+2: “Tank Crew STX”
Tank Crew STX Event is designed to test the proficiency of the crew as it pertains to mounted maneuver and mastery of tank crew fundamentals.

Day+1 to Day+4: “Crew LFX”
During the Crew LFX Event, Crews will complete a scenario on DMPRC and are evaluated on their ability to Shoot, Move and Communicate effectively in both an offensive and defensive posture.

Engagements will be graded off of TC 3-20.31

Day+5 “Shoot-Off”
The top six crews at the completion of Day Five will complete a scenario on DMPRC and will be evaluated on their ability to Shoot, Move and Communicate effectively in both offensive and defensive postures under various degraded conditions.

Engagements will be graded off of TC 3-20.31

References for these events are:

  • TC 17-15-8 (Armor Crewman Physical Proficiency Test (1974)
  • 19K10 Individual Critical Task List
  • 19K20 Individual Critical Task List
  • 19K30 Individual Critical Task List
  • 19K40 Individual Critical Task List
  • TC 3-20.31 (Training and Qualification Crew)
  • TC 3-20.31-4 (DIDEA)
  • TC 3-20.0 Integrated Weapons Training Strategy, Crew)
  • TC 3-20.21-1 (Individual and Crew Live Fire Prerequisite Testing)
  • TC 3-20.0 (Integrated Weapons Training Strategy)