In 2003, the Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills (WTBD) were introduced and defined as “the skills needed by all Soldiers for combat.” The list of tasks and drills were extensive, and sub-task numbered in the hundreds. Additionally, many in operational units believed these skills were to be trained only in the initial training units, and only certain ones needed polish prior to deployment.
After 8 years of combat and related battlefield “lessons learned,” a revised list of WTBD and sub-tasks were created. These revised Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills were the result of a review by a committee of Soldiers of all ranks who serve in both the training base and in operational units.
The revised WTBD and sub-task list is shorter and it is based on the philosophy that all Soldiers – regardless of rank or military occupational specialty (MOS) – need specific skills on which to gain proficiency…and on which to build. This list serves as a “base” for commanders. Those with specific missions and training resources now have the flexibility to build on their Soldiers’ individual skills so they might best adapt to their job, their mission, and their environment- all while ensuring their Soldiers are trained on the right basics. The WTBD are now posted on the Army Training Network (ATN), which is available to all commanders and leaders.
In the Army Training Leadership Development guidance, Chief of Staff of the Army, General George Casey stated; “Do a few key tasks very well rather than checking the block on a “laundry list.”
“Since proficiency in the Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills is proclaimed by all Soldiers and is considered the essence of good Soldiering, every Soldier must understand these WTBD. Leaders must train their Soldiers in these skills, and they should provide the base so that every Soldier can adapt to more complex missions and tasks as he or she grows in the profession.”
Soldiers, what do you think about the recent changes in the Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills? Tell us in the comments section.