Tactical Operations Center (TOC) operations is an area where many units at the Combat Training Centers (CTCs) experience problems. Some common problems include:
- Poor understanding and implementation of basic TOC functions.
- Ineffective utilization of TOC personnel (especially enlisted and NCOs).
- Poor information management and battletracking.
- Poor liaison officer (LO) operations.
- Lack of organization within the TOC.
These deficiencies significantly hamper the ability of the TOC to influence the battle by assisting the commander in synchronizing the fight. Doctrine does little to assist units in solving or preventing these problems. A single doctrinal source that consolidates tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) for TOC operations does not exist. FC 71-6, Battalion and Brigade Command and Control, Mar 85, is currently the best source of information. FC 71-6 explains in detail the role and functions of the TOC and personnel who work within the TOC. However, this FC is no longer published and is hard to locate. This newsletter consolidates applicable doctrinal information and also proven TTPs collected by O/Cs from the various CTCs. It is designed to serve as a quick reference guide for newly assigned TOC personnel.
Section I: TOC Self-Assessment
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