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TRAINING WHILE EMPLOYING

As Task Force Eagle transitioned into the sustainment phase of Operation Joint Endeavor, the soldiers and leaders were faced with the challenges of training a force simultaneous to performing the mission of enforcing the peace. As with most tasks inherent to this unique operation, the Task Force learned as it went. It had to. Our training doctrine, outlined in Field Manuals 100-25 and 101-25, does not address how a unit trains while it employs.

Effective training is the number one priority of senior leaders in peacetime. In wartime, training continues with a priority second only to combat or to the support of combat operations.
--FM 25-100, Training the Force

This newsletter provides the framework for the training concepts developed and refined by the leaders of the Task Force and allows us to see how the soldiers made the strategy work. It gives an overview of the training strategy and some of the obstacles that were faced. It also provides some tactics, techniques and procedures developed to overcome those obstacles. This newsletter is a startpoint for units throughout the Army from which they can begin to plan training while employing. One of the most important lessons is that the planning should begin prior to the deployment, but that is not always possible with the operational constraints associated with the preparation for a prolonged operation.


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