Situational Training Exercise (STX)
A Situational Training Exercise (STX) is short, scenario-driven, mission-oriented, limited exercise designed to train one collective task, or a group of related tasks or battle drills, through practice. An STX usually contains multiple collective tasks linked to form a realistic scenario of a military operation, sometimes incorporating freeplay. STX are used for training and evaluation, especially sustainment of task proficiency. STX are developed by Army service schools and published in Army Training and Evaluation Program (ARTEP) mission training plans (MTP).
The STX is a more focused training exercise that can be used to support training of the staff in the performance of their collective tasks related to the battalions wartime or SASO-related mission. Staff leaders and staff section NCOICs should carefully review and select those key tasks that are key or critical to mission accomplishment. Once selected, these tasks should be integrated into a scenario that will drive the execution of specific situational training events and their subsequent evaluation. For example, tactical playbooks may be modified to include staff plays focused on SASO-related operations that facilitate rapid response to crisis and a transition to required actions or counteractions. It is of particular importance that all battalion staff elements participate in platoon through company STX during SASO training. This participation ensures that all staff elements are trained on the synchronization and integration of staff actions required for crisis planning, decision-making and resolution in a SASO environment and facilitates understanding of and reaction to situational events, application of Graduated Response Matrix (GRM), and problem solving using civilian agencies.
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