DAYS TO COMBAT!by
JRTC LTP Staff
A lot of things compete for your training time. Because of this, we thought it might be useful to provide some techniques proven effective for training in a time-compressed environment.
The techniques provide some ways - by no means the only way - for a battalion task force to "train the pieces of a task force when time is at a premium."
These techniques are not "all or none". Treat the collection as a menu. Do what time permits, but seek little bits of time to fit as many as can be fitted. Whenever possible, fight the notion there is no time.
Execution of many of these ideas requires centralized planning, but extremely decentralized execution. Junior leaders will have to operate in an extremely decentralized manner in both combat and at the JRTC. Provide the opportunity for junior leaders to operate this way whenever possible.
We welcome hearing about time-efficient techniques that worked for you in preparing you unit to face combat operations abroad or at the JRTC. When you finish your JRTC rotation, stop by and tell us about techniques we can pass on to others as the techniques in this article have been passed on to you.
Battle-Focused Physical Training Initiate 3-6 weeks out
Battle Face Initiate 2-3 weeks out;
continue into ISB
Live Fire/MILES Drills Continuous
Command Post (CP) Training Initiate 6-8 weeks out
crawl 1-2 weeks minimum
walk 2-3 weeks minimum
run 1-2 weeks minimum
Still More Ideas Continuous
1-4 hour blocks
Mission/Task Reviews Initiate 5-6 weeks out
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