Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN)
In 1997 the Commander, Training and Doctrine Commander, General William Hartzog, directed the Chemical, Military Police, and Engineer Schools to combine functions as much as possible. The US Army Engineer School became a major mission element of the new U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) in 1999. The Commanding General (CG), MANSCEN is dual-hatted as the Commandant, U.S. Army Engineer School. As such, all primary MANSCEN organizations report directly to him within his role as CG.
The Directorate of Training Developments (DOTD) and the Directorate of Combat Development (DCD) are now separate MANSCEN organizations reporting to the MANSCEN commander. The DOTD has three engineer-specific divisions Warrior (institutional training), Warfighter (collective training), and WarMod (new equipment training). They perform essentially the same functions as when they were embedded within the USAES. The DCD has three branch-specific departments: Engineer, Chemical, Military Police. The Maneuver Support Battle Lab does not have specific branch cells in its organizational structure. The Battle Lab structure reflects the three major efforts of the lab: the Mechanized Force/DCX, the Light Force/JCF, and the Brigade Combat Team.
The mission of the MANSCEN is to provide the Nation with Combat - Ready, values-based Men and Women, leaders, and teams trained in basic combat skills and chemical, engineer, military police, and transportation disciplines who are prepared for success in any future operational environment. It is also tasked with developing and integrating concepts, doctrine, force structure, and materiel to support the forces.
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