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                 of knowledge, skills, and attributes to EARN THE RIGHT to be called SOLDIERS – in the MDO CAPABLE FORCE of 2028?
Developing a Path Toward the Desired BCT Culminating Event Starts with POI Change:
The proposed POI revision provides a model that hinges on two primary factors. First, it allows BCT to capitalize on lessons learned from the current crisis of CV-19. The current adjustments
to the 10-week BCT model for the 2+8 Covid-19 Pandemic have assisted in building trust, discipline, initial fitness, and Soldier acculturation in an improved learning environment. Second, it
enables opportunity to create focused, progressive training blocs that build upon each other and reduce disconnect in the training progression. The culmination of this progression leads into a final phase in which FORGE 2.0 is better served to meet its intended purpose to truly test and certify our Soldiers readiness.
“POI Revision: A Way”:
1. Soldier Acculturation Phase: professionally on-board our Soldiers; establish standards, discipline (primarily using PRT, D&C, and inspections), and expectations; Army structure, ranks, songs, values, and creeds; enable initial team cohesion; create strong foundation in Army ethics, values, resiliency, and professional commitment (honorable service, trust, esprit de corps); fitness
focused; stress active recovery; include the use of (-) and (+) spot reports to enforce/reward discipline and effort; build confidence in self and team.
Key events: ACFT 1; CIF; COC, TDC, FTW, Victory Tower, conditioning FMs (soft shoe to boot progression); Peer Evals 1.
Progression requires: SM must attempt all confidence events and pass 70%; Red Phase testing; Bad Peers or 3 major (-) spot could trigger a restart or separation decision.
2. Lethality Phase: provides a focused and
full RM progression with Day group/zero/qual and Night Familiarization fire; integrate IMT, HG assault course and HG Live, buddy TM movement, and Combatives introduction; add foot marches (FMs) and bivouacs to range weeks to increase physical readiness, resilience, comfort operating
in austere conditions (non-tactical focus; field hygiene; field craft).
Key events: Day group, zero and qual; understanding of RM adjustments; HG assault course/HG Live; Peer Eval 2; Remove FMC or assume risk with PPE requirements, which do not inhibit training objectives; BTLFX; ACFT 2; 2 mile FM; Peer Eval 2.
Progression requires: SM must qualify Day RM; pass evaluation on maintain/load/correct malfunction/unload an M4 carbine; pass 2 mile FM; pass BTLFX; HG Live; Bad Peers or 3 major (-) spot could trigger a restart or separation decision.
3. Soldier Skills Phase: WTBDs; Team and Squad FOOM; React to Contact/Indirect Fire; CBRNE; MSTF/TCCC; 9-line MEDEVAC;
FM progression; Combatives; Concentrated communications block (Long term: initial training would benefit from an ATC communications training facility) with variety of radios and mounted/dismounted sets; send SPOT, SALUTE, LACE reports, Load secure fills; Reintroduce SHARP training and D&C; Concentrated Land Nav bloc working to the ability to operate in battle buddy teams and complete a record course Night into Daylight conditions.
Key Events: Phase testing; Record ACFT; L/N Written and buddy Tm Practical Qualification; NBC Chamber; Event Trail/NIC; D&C competition; 5 mile FM, Peer Eval 3.
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