Rehearsals have proven to have a dramatic effect on battlefield results. Combat commanders from the Gulf War, Panama and Grenada have all strongly praised the value of detailed rehearsals. U.S. Army doctrine emphasizes to commanders and staff the need for rehearsals. Nonetheless, many units routinely conduct training missions at the Combat Training Centers with little or no rehearsal. Frequently, inadequate rehearsals are conducted to "check the block" or the rehearsal is allowed to degenerate into a massive wargame.
Good rehearsals are not easy. They require a major work effort with sound preparation, discipline, and involve significant amounts of that precious commodity - leader time. The difficulty involved heightens the need to include rehearsals in all tactical training. The quality of a rehearsal at a CTC is simply something else for the AAR, but the effects of training for, and conducting rehearsals during, wartime may mean the difference between victory and failure, between a welcome-home parade, and writing letters home for those soldiers who died.
This newsletter was developed simultaneously with Appendix G of FM 101-5, Staff Organization and Operations, May 1997. CALL strongly recommends that all leaders review FM 101-5. This newsletter reviews the doctrine with some specific techniques and procedures for units to use. The Tactics, Techniques and Procedures presented in this newsletter were primarily developed, tested and refined at the National Training Center, Joint Readiness Training Center and the Combat Maneuver Training Center.
J. FITZGERALD III
Center for Army Lessons Learned
Chapter I: Rehearsal Types, Techniques, and Considerations
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