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                 Progression requires: Testing conducted at completion of each task training bloc; NIC; L/N written and practical; ACFT pass; 5 mile FM; Bad Peers or 3 major (-) spot could trigger a restart or separation decision.
4. Field Phase: Create a near continuous, immersive field exercise that becomes progressively more immersive, scenario driven, and student led; based on a crawl (HAMMER – 18 hr TM Ops; 7.5 mile FM; combatives and pugils), walk (ANVIL
– 24-36 hr Tm and SQD Ops integrating Soldier Tasks; intro into night OPs), run (FORGE – 60 hr SQD and PLT Ops; BMS in (day or night) at PLT level and 10-mile FM out to the Soldier Ceremony); 24-36 hr reset between each phase. SMs conduct patrol base operations and priorities of work; scenario based training that uses tactical situations and physical events as a vessel to assess Soldier
task proficiency and team cohesion while inducing rigor.
Key Events: HAMMER, ANVIL, FORGE, 7.5 and 10 mile FM; BMS; Soldier Ceremony, Recovery, Peer Eval 4.
Progression requires: FORGE entry and completion requirements; 10 mile FM; BMS qualification; Bad Peers or 3 major (-) spot could trigger a restart or separation decision.
5. Graduation Phase: CIF, Remove Sex Signals; Sensing Sessions; IN4; BN Run and Esprit de Corps Event; Soldier Leader of the Cycle Boards; Peer Award added to BCT Awards; Remove GAT; Family Day; Graduation Day; Ship Ops
Operational Design: THE FORGE 2.0 (MDO Capable 2028)
Our Army’s desired Soldiers “form cohesive teams that are trained, disciplined and fit, and
can win on the battlefield.”
- The Army People Strategy (Oct 2019)4
This design is not prescriptive to a specific set
of actions or events, nor is it intended to be. It is intended to serve as a broad operational approach around which to consider options for the re-design of BCT’s culminating event to better serve its desired purpose. These options fall into three main areas that help resolve the key friction between the current and desired states, they are: the training that precedes the culminating event, the execution of the event itself, and the potential resourcing and support options that may better align the overall outcome with the desire for a more “Ready” Soldier today or an MDO Capable one in the future.
The desired state for any transformation of BCT’s culminating event should see it serve as a comprehensive practical exam for BCT to certify that a Trainee has truly earned the right to be called a Soldier. This comes through an objective set of evaluations of the identified critical tasks and the ability to serve as a cohesive member of a team. Balancing desired intensity and tempo, tasks to
be trained, and duration creates multiple options for FORGE adjustments. In any event, it should seek to be a scenario driven exercise that has strict entry, progression, and completion criteria. One that requires full completion of all required tasks
to standard and where the sequential completion
of all required tasks is a standard itself. This prevents FORGE failures of a foot march from getting an unfair advantage in the remainder of the cumulative training events by simply reinserting
in a future FORGE to complete that task alone.
The FORGE should be an event that discourages missed training time. Its design should be focused, purposeful, and include realism and battlefield effects to ensure ALL Soldiers leave BCT better
Evolving The FORGE
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