Training Tables are designed to establish a common standard for skills. The qualification tables add structure to unit training plans, articulate combat readiness, and help units compete for installation ranges and resources. The tables also assist the unit by outlining a training-readiness evaluation strategy for an individual, a squad, and a platoon. Establishing training and evaluation standards for individuals, squads, and platoons allows for making efficient use of training resources, articulating readiness and, most importantly, ensuring a consistent battlefield result.
The tables are designed to permit preliminary training, proficiency training, and qualification of engineer units. The tables begin by qualifying unit leaders to ensure that they are qualified to evaluate their soldiers on the required tasks. The tables then progress through the individual and squad, culminating with platoon qualification. The squad and platoon tables contain the foundation drills and tasks that combat engineer units must be able to accomplish in support of maneuver forces. The proficiency process supports premobilization as well as provides a means to define training readiness.
The Training Tables can also be supported using lanes training.
The Tables are organized to train soldiers and units sequentially. They begin at the individual/crew level by qualifying all unit members on their weapons.
Tables V through VIII train and evaluate a squad on the skills it is required to execute. Tank Table VIII is the Intermediate Qualification Course; Engineer Table VIII is the Intermediate Proficiency Course. Both of these tables are designed as the final tables for their respective squads.
Tank Table VII consists of 10 engagements; five during the day and five at night. They have varying degrees of complexity. Some of the training scenarios include a simulated three-man crew where you've potentially lost a soldier and NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) environments where you would wear a protective mask while everything else is going on. Battle positions along the course road are set up for the tanks. From there, the tanks go to a hold-down position, then they pull up to fire. They'll do offensive runs down the course road. Targets range anywhere from 1,400 meters to 2,200 meters out. A variety of targets are engaged with multiple-weapons mounted on the tanks: 120 mm main gun, 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun as well as the tank commander's .50-caliber ma-chine gun. Some weapons are engaged simultaneously, but the primary training objective is with the tanks' main guns.
Tables IX through XII train and evaluate a platoon on the skills it will be required to execute. Each table builds on the previous table or group of tables.
The proficiency tables are designed to allow a commander to focus on units that may require more training to become combat ready. The proficiency tables can also be used in the event training resources become too depleted to execute the qualification tables. The proficiency tables allow a commander to articulate a unit's training status as combat ready but unqualified. A commander certifies a unit combat ready once it has completed Table VII or XI.
The qualification tables are designed to allow a unit to execute its tasks in the most demanding conditions available during peacetime. The tables require a unit to execute the tasks at night with live ammunition and demolitions. A unit is combat ready and qualified once it has completed Table VIII or XII.
Tables I through VIII are designed to be conducted in a training year while Tables IX through XII are designed to be conducted within an approved extended training year. A commander may increase the frequency based on his own assessment of unit training requirements. Normally, one of the squad qualification periods and the platoon qualification will occur before assuming Division Ready Force or a Combat Training Center (CTC) rotation.
Tables I through IV are designed to train all members of a platoon on individual/crew weapons. The tables should be executed using standard weapons ranges according to the appropriate field manual (FM) or range standing operating procedure (SOP).
Tables V through XII are designed to train a squad and platoon on the drills and skills required to fight and win. These are best evaluated in a scenario, but if suitable ranges are not available, they may be trained individually at separate ranges or training areas. In this situation, the scenario can be developed for the range or the task to be evaluated independently or the task can be evaluated outside the context of a scenario.
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