I can assure you CSM Davenport makes sure we take care of all Soldiers — not just one component.
He leans on me and my Army Reserve counterpart heavily to make sure TRADOC initiatives make sense for the ARNG, USAR and the active component.
This week, I want to talk about the training going on across the country at our ARNG and USAR schools.
“Congratulations, you have been selected to attend the next Advanced Leader Course at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania.”
The location might be different, but more and more Soldiers will be receiving a similar message in the future as TRADOC continues to improve the One Army School System.
This approach will do three things for our Army:
1. It will strengthen the educational experience of all students by encouraging collaboration between Soldiers of all 3 components.
2. Increase opportunities for Soldiers to attend the Noncommissioned Officer Education System and decrease wait times to attend Professional Military Education. This translates into Soldiers getting promoted more quickly as we implement STEP, or Select, Train, Educate, Promote.
3. Increase throughput and capacity already available across TRADOC. This will save money and decrease travel costs as Soldiers attend courses closer to their unit of assignment.
CSM Davenport recently spent some time dispelling the myth that there is a difference between schools or components during his recent TRADOC Workshop in October at Camp Williams, Utah. He took every CSM/SGM in attendance into the classroom to see the facilities and knowledge of the instructors teaching the courses.
Every Soldier will receive the same high-quality instruction at every location across TRADOC. Each school goes through the same quality assurance accreditation standards and instructors must meet the same standards in order to train regardless of component.
Some recent comments from Soldiers attending training at ARNG and USAR locations:
“The course was fulfilling and rewarding. Having been on both sides of the fence, this course measures up to the Active Component side. The instructors are very knowledgeable and passionate about instructing. This is a key factor to success when presenting a course of instruction. All in all, I am appreciative of being given the opportunity to come to this course here and broadening my experience and knowledge in this environment.”
“Quality of (Primary Instructor) is outstanding. Very knowledgeable on course material and professional. Facilities very clean and professional learning environment. Standardized, strict testing. Trained to standard.”
As you can see, you will receive high-quality training in world-class facilities and be held to the same standard regardless of the location. So get ready for the challenge by ensuring you are prepared mentally and physically to attend your next level of NCOES!