Less Combat Center Focus, More Small-Unit Skills: Army to Release New Training Manual

The Army will soon release a new training manual as it scales back its strategy of high-intensity training cycles to prepare for combat training center rotations — and instead focuses on small-unit readiness.

Scheduled for release this spring, the updated version of FM 7-0 seeks to simplify leaders’ approach to training. It comes on the heels of an action plan Army leaders introduced in October that puts fewer training demands on units preparing for rotations at combat training centers, such as the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, and the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Army leaders acknowledged that transitioning from a long string of combat rotations in Iraq and Afghanistan to intense training cycle rotations wore down the force and neglected small-unit training.

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Author: Dian Welle