The Staff Ride Team develops and conducts live and virtual staff rides as an educational tool for Soldiers. By focusing on the timeless and universal aspects of warfighting, staff rides provide important insights into military operations, concepts of leadership and the face of battle, through vignettes and topics for discussion. The Staff Ride Team also provides information and guidance to US Army organizations on how to conduct staff rides for the purpose of educating leaders.
The Staff Ride is a historical study of a campaign or battle that envisions a systematic preliminary study, an extensive visit to campaign sites, and an opportunity to integrate lessons derived from each. A significant component of this detailed study is the analysis of the terrain over which the action took place and the effect of that terrain upon the battle or campaign. It is this three dimensional visualization of the battlefield that separates a staff ride from a battle analysis.
A virtual staff ride (VSR) follows the same methodology as a "live" or "field" staff ride, but because travel restrictions preclude a trip to battlefield sites, the terrain is replicated in a virtual environment. The CSI model of a virtual staff ride envisions a detailed replication of terrain based upon satellite imagery and the construction of three dimensional models to immerse the student in the virtual terrain, thus providing the most realistic vision of the battlefield possible.
To request a Staff Ride, please click here and complete the information outlined in the generated email.
For more information on these staff rides, please contact the Staff Ride Team.
Staff Ride Resources (PDFs)
Contact the Staff Ride Team at:
(913) 684-2131/2082 and DSN 552-2131/2082