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Combat Training Center

Definition/Scope: (AR 350-50) The CTC vision supports multidimensional training centers, in order to lever technology to prepare the best Army in the world for full-spectrum operations. It maintains the qualitative edge in warfighting, preserving the warrior ethos during a period of strategic transition. CTCs will support achievement of Joint Vision 2010, Army Vision, and Army Transformation goals by providing an operational environment, where a capabilities-based Army will train to achieve advanced, full-spectrum dominance throughout the operational and tactical levels of warfare against a freethinking, opportunities-based opposing force (OPFOR). CTC training will: (1) Focus on a wartime mission essential task list (METL) and combat operations; (2) Stress realistic, sustained, multiechelon, and fully integrated training for combat, combat support, and combat service support units; (3) Focus on performance-oriented training in a realistic tactical environment measured against established tasks, conditions, and standards; (4) Support achieving and sustaining leader development and warfighting readiness using a combination of live, virtual, and constructive simulations and simulators; (5) Validate training proficiency through live-fire exercises tailored to the operational environment, optimally from platoon to brigade level, based on CTC warfighting focus and capability; (6) Include instrumented urban operations training experience during the rotation; (7) Incorporate reception, staging, onward movement, and integration (RSOI) operations, regeneration, and deployment training. B. Mission. The CTC Program will provide realistic joint and combined arms training, according to Army and joint doctrine, approximating actual combat. The CTC Program— (1) Provides commanders, staffs, and soldiers an operational experience focused on leader development; (2) Produces bold, innovative leaders through stressful tactical and operational exercises; (3) Increases unit readiness for deployment and warfighting; (4) Embeds doctrine throughout the Army; (5) Provides feedback to the Army and joint participants to improve warfighting; (6) Provides a data source for lessons learned to improve doctrine, training, leader development, organizations, materiel and soldiers (DTLOMS) to win in combat. C. Rigor. During a CTC experience, commanders will fight with the equipment they would expect to take to war during their command tenure. In order to provide a realistic training environment, each CTC will: (1) Train to standard; (2) Conduct doctrinally based after action reviews (AARs) focused on performance, which enable soldiers and leaders to discover for themselves what happened, why it happened, and how to sustain strengths and improve weaknesses; (3) Stress all battlefield operating systems in decisive ground combat operations; (4) Provide a freethinking, opportunities-based, OPFOR with an equal chance to win; (5) Develop tactical scenarios where the outcome is not assured; (6) Ensure consequences of tactical decisions are fully played out; (7) Retrain to underscore the unit's adherence to standards and mastery of the task. Each CTC will be a center of excellence with a specific warfighting focus across the spectrum of conflict. BCTP concentrates at the major theater war level. CMTC and NTC concentrate between the major theater war and small-scale contingency. JRTC concentrates at the small-scale contingency level. Each CTC will have a degree of full-spectrum capability commensurate with its primary focus on the spectrum of conflict. Training will not be less rigorous or realistic as the Army moves to a contemporary operational environment (COE). The degree or difficulty will be calibrated based on entry-level skills. OPFOR will have full-spectrum capabilities that can be adjusted to satisfy METL-linked training objectives and blue force (BLUFOR) training outcomes. OLD VERSION An Army program established to provide realistic joint service and combined arms training in accordance with Army doctrine. It is designed to provide training units opportunities to increase collectively proficiency on the most realistic battlefield available during peacetime.



Broader Terms:

Army training program

Narrower Terms:

Battle Command Training Center
Combat Maneuver Training Center
culminating training event
DRT combat training centers
Joint Readiness Training Center
maneuver combat training center
multinational exercises
National Training Center
rotational training unit
Strategic Integration Department

Related Terms:

Army Training System
Battle Command Training Program
Center of Excellence
collective training
Joint Multinational Readiness Center
operational training domain
simulation center
Training Operations Management Activity

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