By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
A new Regional Training Center (RTC) is standing up at Fort
McCoy and is scheduled to be operational by May 1 to provide
premobilization training on Theater Specific Individual Readiness
Tasks and Army Warrior Training (AWT) Skills to Army Reserve Units.
Col. David R. Mooney, commander of the RTC-North at Fort McCoy,
said the RTC concept is the result of a Chief of the Army Reserve
initiative to reduce the length of time units spend conducting
"This will increase their time spent in theater
'boots-on-the-ground' when they're deployed," Mooney said.
"We want to get the Soldiers trained as expediently as
David R. Mooney,
Commander, RTC-North at Fort McCoy
Units going through the process are assigned unit assistors
from First Army who will be at the organizations to help guide the
Soldiers through the mobilization process. First Army will advise the
units to prepare them for full-time duty.
The RTC-North will be staffed by mobilized Soldiers who will
train Army Reserve units in a premobilization status to Army standards
in such tasks as weapons qualifications, AWTs and Theater-Specific
Individual Readiness Tasks. Training provided by the RTC also will
include live-fire exercises, military operations on urbanized terrain,
search operations and convoy training.
"The shorter the time it takes units to do individual
tasks, the longer they have to train on collective tasks," Mooney
said. "From a training standpoint, repetitive training on
collective tasks can help develop unit cohesion."
Lt. Col. George Shott of the Joint Training Coordination Cell
of the Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and
Security said the installation is providing interim facilities in the
700 block to support the RTC.
"(RTCs are being implemented) as the Army Reserve
transitions from being a strategic reserve to an operational
force," Shott said. "The days of going to a mobilization
station for six months (before deploying) are gone. Personnel now need
to train to standard in as short a time as possible."
1 of 4 RTCs planned
In addition to Regional
Training Center (RTC)-North at Fort McCoy, the U.S. Army Reserve
Command-directed plan envisions three other RTCs
to serve Soldiers throughout the country.
The other RTCs are:
at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., already is online.
at Fort. Dix, N.J. became operational March 1.
is planned at a site to be determined.
This concept was developed from lessons learned by leaders who
witnessed flaws in recent mobilizations for Operations Enduring
Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, he said.
The RTC concept also will provide individualized training
support that can be used to help support the Combat Support Training
Center (CSTC) concept. The CSTC will support collective training
missions for combat-support, combat-service-support units, Shott said.
The CSTC concept includes a large influx of new equipment at
the sites -- about 1,300 pieces of equipment at the Equipment
Concentration Site-67 at Fort McCoy -- that will allow Army Reserve
units to conduct large-scale collective training during years three
and four of the five-year Army Reserve cyclic-readiness concept. This
was established as part of the Army Force Generation five-year model.
The equipment can be used to support other training, as needed,
if it isn't being used to support the CSTC.
"We can expect further revisions to the RTC's role in the
training process," Mooney said. "We want to get the Soldiers
trained as expediently as possible."
"If we work smart and together, this makes the maximum use
of the installation's facilities and increases efficiencies," he
The RTC-North strives for the best use of classroom space, and
student to instructor and equipment ratios to ensure all Soldiers get
the necessary support to accomplish individual premobilization
training, he said.