“A good battle plan that you act on today can be better than a perfect one tomorrow.” - Gen George S. Patton
Force training is a part of every operation and we can be tactical and technically proficient. Training is that process that melds human and materiel resources into these required capabilities. Closing the gap between training, leader development, and battlefield performance has always been the critical challenge for any Army. A little knowledge on how the U.S.Army is trying to bring the basics and tactical training back in today’s soldiers in Sergeant’s Time Training or STT. Sergeant’s Time Training is hands-on, practical training for soldiers given by their NCOs. It provides our NCOs with resources and the authority to bring training publications or Technical Manuals to life and to develop the trust between leader and led to ensure success in combat. Active Component NCO supports this vital training event by scheduling four uninterrupted hours of STT each week, usually conducted on Thursday mornings from 0800 - 1200 hours.
"[Sergeant’s Time Training] is where you bring it all together. NCOs plan it, they execute it, they evaluate it and they decide whether or not retraining is warranted. One day a week for five continuous hours NCOs have all their soldiers mandated to be present at training."
-GEN Eric K. Shinseki
First line leaders are the primary trainers during STT and strive for 100% of their soldier’s present for training. Platoon sergeants assist in the preparation and execution of the training along with officers to provide the METL and resources (time, personnel and equipment) to evaluate training and...