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                 prepared for the rigors of battle. We cannot repeat past trends that swing toward and away from a focus on resiliency, lethality, and survivability going into and coming out of war. In so doing, the rest
of the “non-essentials” to meet that end should
fall away and give priority to the main effort and events that speak to a Trainee’s acculturation as a Soldier, resilience, and pure ability to Shoot, Move, Communicate, Survive/Protect while under stress.
To reach that end, we cannot lose focus of the forest because of the trees in the concept re-design. We must narrow and establish functions that train and certify those desired aspects in order to best deliver a more READY and truly MDO capable Soldier to the Force. At its core, BCT’s culminating event should require a Trainee to prove their ability to perform tasks under pressure, show the resiliency and endurance to keep going as part of a team, and truly earn the right to be called Soldier. That said, and as highlighted previously, a path toward FORGE 2.0 has to be done in conjunction
with an effective POI re-design that builds
toward this desired culminating event. Doing one without the other does nothing to resolve the key underlying tensions caused by the disjointed nature of the overall training progression, which inhibit overall skill retention and performance desired of an MDO Capable Soldier from BCT.
Conclusion:
The evolution of BCT and its culminating event toward producing a more MDO capable Soldier
is less a matter of wholesale revision and more
a matter of proper alignment and focus. What
is desired of a Soldier out of BCT in 2028 is not different than that which is desired today. However, to achieve the Soldier product that we want tomorrow, we must be open-minded to and willing to make the necessary adjustments toward that end today.
LTC Taylor is the Commander of 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, 193rd Infantry Brigade.
   1 Charles Jean Jacques Joseph Ardant du Picq, Battle Studies: Ancient and Modern Battle, 8th ed., trans. John N. Greely and Robert C. Cotton (Harrisburg, PA: Military Service Publishing Company, 1946), 41.
2 Conrad Crane, Michael Lynch, Jessica Sheets, and Shane Reilly, Learning the Lessons of Lethality: The Army’s Cycle of Basic Combat Training, 1918-2019, US Army Heritage and Education Center, Historical Service Division (Carlisle Barracks, PA: US Army War College, 2019), i.
3 Charles Jean Jacques Joseph Ardant du Picq, Battle Studies: Ancient and Modern Battle, 8th ed., trans. John N. Greely and Robert C. Cotton (Harrisburg, PA: Military Service Publishing Company, 1946), 18.
4 GEN James McConville, The Army People Strategy (Washington D.C., 2019), 2.
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