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Army’s No. 1 Priority – People: Operationalized by U.S. Army Armor School

by MAJ Demarius Thomas

In his first message as 40th Chief of Staff of the Army, GEN James C. McConville emphasized that people are "always" his No. 1 priority. Following this address, the Army released its "People Strategy." In turn, the U.S. Army Armor School developed a plan of action to enable this vision. ure of maintenance to our people to build our overall readiness and the health of the force.

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Learn from My Mistakes: What I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Lieutenant

by 1LT Justin Leugers

I believe the Army does not prepare its junior leaders for what they will face when they arrive at their first duty station. This means that most of what you need to learn becomes on-the-job training/learning.

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Improving Low Back Health in Soldiers via Leadership-Driven Cultural Change

by CPT Brooke A. Sorrell

As the Army works to stay at the forefront of technological and medical advancements, it’s imperative that leaders employ this knowledge to identify risks associated with training and job demands. It’s every leader’s responsibility to exercise due diligence in risk mitigation to preserve Soldiers’ health and maximize the Army’s investment in its most critical asset.

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A Balanced Team: The Need for Options in Armored Warfare

by CPT Christopher M. Telle

Firepower continues to be the tank’s exclusive domain on the battlefield, but the U.S. Army’s dominance of that domain is not a foregone conclusion. Maintaining the strength of our armored formation in the face of multi-domain operations, a spectrum of threats and on a complex battlefield requires innovation, agility and moving beyond a “one-size-fits-all” main-battle-tank concept.

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The Overmatch Dilemma: Leveraging the Strengths of a Stryker Cavalry Troop in Reconnaissance and Security Operations Against an Opposing Armored Force

by CPT Andrew Chack

Stryker brigade combat teams preparing for a decisive-action training environment rotation at the National Training Center have a unique challenge in overcoming innate deficits when competing against a brigade tactical group.

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The Live-Fire Accuracy Screening Test: Why Close Enough Isn’t Good Enough

by SFC Christopher Coughlin and Warrant Officer Class 2 Ewan Jack (Australian army)

For the Armored Force to fight and win the first battle of the next war, we must redefine the current definition of tank accuracy. Our next adversary will undoubtedly require we prove our adage of “one shot, one kill.” The Reduced Range Live-Fire Accuracy Screening Test will do that.

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Tank-Maintenance Playbook While Cross-Attached at the National Training Center

by LTC Ken Selby, MAJ Patrick Howlett and CPT Daniel Krizan

Company B, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, participated in National Training Center Rotation 20-05 with noteworthy success. Company B maintained an 85-92 percent operational-readiness rate despite a nonorganic higher headquarters and lack of an associated M1A2-M3A3 Class IX authorized stockage list. This consistent state of mechanical readiness required thoughtful conditions-setting during planning and preparation.

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The 120mm Smoothbore in the Recon Fight

by CPT Jordan L. Woodburn and MAJ Brett T. Wright

The Army’s most recent addition to the cavalry squadron, the M1 Abrams, provides reconnaissance forces with a long-range, direct-fire capability. At the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, observers/coaches/trainers observed firsthand how this implementation affected the cavalry squadron during decisive-action training environment rotations.

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Infantry Brigade Combat Team Scout Platoon Anti-Armor Engagements at the Joint Readiness Training Center

by CPT Christopher R. Brown

Before departing the intermediate staging base at the Joint Readiness Training Center, scout-platoon and cavalry-troop leadership are confident in their Soldiers’ ability to use anti-armor weapons to destroy enemy armored vehicles. However, as observers/coaches/trainers, we consistently see units struggle with AT engagements. Failure to remedy these issue will have major repercussions in the country’s next major conflict.

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Electric Propulsion: a Game Changer

by MAJ Ryan Ressler, MAJ Brian Ottestad and Mike Smith

America’s adversaries have closely studied our recent operations. Simultaneously, emerging technologies are driving a fundamental change in war’s character. Strategic competitors are deploying capabilities to fight the United States through multiple layers of stand-off in all domains. In an era of great-power struggle, the American way of war must evolve and adapt.

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