U.S. Army researchers takes new steps to create robotic mini-tank

The U.S. Army Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team, or NGCV CFT, has announced that it has received the new Robotic Combat Vehicle in M (Medium) variant.

The NGCV CFT post states: “Robotic Combat Vehicle (M) arrived today. Forge the Future? You better believe it!”

The new RCV-Medium, commonly known as the robotic mini-tank, is developing as part of Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle program, which in turn part of the ‘big six’ priorities of the service that also includes long-range precision fires, Future Vertical Lift, the network, air and missile defense, and Soldier lethality.

The main goal of the RCV project – the creation of the next generation of vehicles that are not only more lethal and survivable than current combat platforms but much smaller, lighter, and more fuel-efficient.

The RCV-Medium is a light, unmanned combat vehicle that would be transportable by C-130 aircraft or a rotary wing.


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.


Former soldier charged for firing weapon outside Fort Hood barracks

AUSTIN, Texas — A former soldier visiting Fort Hood over the weekend was charged Tuesday for firing a handgun at a soldier after a drunken argument, according to court documents.

Ricardo Manuele Davila-DeJesus, 28, was arrested Saturday at about 12:50 a.m. by Fort Hood military police following the incident. He was indicted for a federal charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to court documents in the Western District of Texas.

Hours after the incident, base officials increased security measures for civilians wanting to access the Army base.

On Saturday night, Davila-DeJesus was inside barracks building 9421, part of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, where he was drinking and became argumentative, according to court documents. Davila-DeJesus lives in Killeen, the town just outside Fort Hood, and soldiers in the barracks attempted to arrange a ride home for him.


From the WPAOG: The “Ring Melt” is Going Virtual

On February 12, the Class Ring Memorial Program will hold the annual “Ring Melt” event virtually at West Point. A live stream will be broadcast from Eisenhower Hall on West Point’s YouTube channel. The link for the live stream will be released on our social media platforms before the event. This year the Class of 2022 will receive the legacy gold of 52 West Point class rings that were donated to WPAOG in 2020. Tune in to witness this historic tradition.