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SECTION VII

HOME-STATION TRAINING


This section provides additional ideas on how to train and implement some of the TTPs previously identified.

1. Depending on how familiar your TOC personnel are with their duties and responsibilities, the planning process, and basic staff operations, you may want to start with a series of classes. Recommended topic areas are:

  • TOC functions.
  • TOC battle drills.
  • TDMP.
  • Communications systems.
  • Review of your TOCSOP.
  • Reports.
  • LO duties.
  • Battle tracking.

As you conduct these classes, they should not be designed as an officer professional development session where only officers attend. These classes should include any and all soldiers who normally work in and around the TOC. This is your opportunity to teach and explain to your junior soldiers what you expect of them. Determine what classes are needed most, and conduct them immediately.

2. Attempt to implement as many of your TOC SOPs as possible in garrison. Staff duties conducted in garrison are not significantly different from those conducted in the field. Use this to your advantage and as an opportunity to train. Recommendations include:

  • Let your RTOs answer all phone calls. This will help develop their confidence in RTO procedures. This will also help develop your confidence in their abilities. Some units have gone as far as using tactical communications systems for internal communications.

  • Develop and post your daily CCIR. This will provide your section the opportunity to process basic information throughout the day. Also, use as many of the same planning and status charts in garrison as you do in the field. (Combat power, CCIR, mission analysis, and timeline.)

  • When feasible, use your TOC shift-change SOP as an agenda for your daily/weekly meetings.

3. Conduct a TOC exercise (TOCEX) once a month. This can be a very inexpensive training opportunity, but a very valuable one. Use this TOCEX to accomplish the following:

  • Develop, rehearse, and improve TOC battle drills. Recommended battle drills include TOC displacement, site selection and reconnaissance procedures, TOC security, actions on contact, and shift-change briefs.

  • Rehearse and improve the TDMP.

  • Familiarize, test, and validate TTPs you decide to incorporate. If these TTPs don't work, develop new ones.

  • Determine which TOC setup best suits the units needs.

  • Include support units as much as possible.

4. Develop a scripted master events list used to conduct a command post exercise. This script could simulate a battle, providing company RTOs the opportunity to submit reports to your TOC. Use these reports as a means to track combat power, unit locations and activities, status of critical supplies, SPOTREPs, etc. Incorporate this into your monthly TOCEX. (See Appendix B.)

5. Force yourself and your immediate subordinates to place more and more responsibility on your junior officers, NCOs, and soldiers on a daily basis. This includes training meetings and staff meetings. You will not always be there to accomplish many of the associated tasks yourself, and it will also assist in developing their skills as a leader.

6. After conducting your training session, reassess your TOC using the initial checklist. Once again, include your TOC personnel in this assessment. If you have made an honest and legitimate effort, you have probably accomplished the following:

  • Increased effectiveness of your TOC.
  • Provided better synchronization and integration of the combat multipliers.
  • Published more effective operations orders in less time.
  • Provided soldiers that are better trained, more involved, and more interested.

7. Ensure all your soldiers are licensed and trained to operate vehicles, generators, and any other critical pieces of equipment.

8. Schedule your NCOs for the Battle Staff Course. Upon graduation, stabilize their assignment in a staff position for as long as possible.

9. Minimize personnel turbulence as much as possible.

10. Integrate your TOC into all unit exercises, to include ranges, gunnery, platoon and company lanes.

11. Develop a TOC training lane. This lane exercise should include TOC displacement drills, actions on contact, moving the TOC during an operation, conducting shift change briefings, and exercising the TAC or jump TOC. This type of training is just as critical as platoon and company- level lane training.

12. Integrate the Retrans element into all training exercises. This will increase the level of training for these soldiers and also increase your confidence in their ability.


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