Story By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Personnel in the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center
(ARRTC) Provisional (P) at Fort McCoy are beginning the process to
transition the organization to its new location at Fort Knox, Ky.
The mission of the organization is to develop, sustain and deliver a
wide spectrum of functional courseware and leader-development
instruction. The organization also oversees Army Reserve
leader-development training, develops Web-based training and distance
learning and coordinates training done by other services and government
agencies that support the Army Reserve.
Master Sgt. Sean Beaudette of the
2nd Battalion, 339th Regiment (Leadership Training) reviews
student essays and critiques from the new Supervisor Development
Course that piloted in December at Fort McCoy.
Photo by Master Sgt. Christina
Tim Shuffield, ARRTC director of support, said the
current plan is for the ARRTC (P) to transition from a provisional
organization to an approved structure by October 2010 and to relocate
from Fort McCoy to Fort Knox by September 2011.
The relocation was directed as part of a Base, Realignment and Closure
(BRAC) process in 2005.
“We’re in the draft stages of the process right now,” said Shuffield
“We’re going through the mechanics to determine what the ARRTC will look
like in addition to preparing for our move to Fort Knox.”
The reconstituted ARRTC will have approximately 180 personnel and report
directly to the U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC).
The NCO Academies at Fort McCoy, Fort Dix, N.J., and Fort Lewis, Wash.,
also will be under command and control of the reconstituted ARRTC, he
said. Operations and staff for those facilities will remain at their
The process of the final relocation of the ARRTC involves coordination
with the USARC and the 84th Training Command (Leader Readiness).
Shuffield said the process also entails acquiring the right personnel.
“Fortunately, we all have been able to sit down to coordinate the new
structure and personnel requirements,” he said.
“People in the other organizations (84th Training Command (LR), 70th
Training Division (Functional Training), and USARC) have realized how
important it is that we have the right structure to help prepare for the
move,” he said. “Our work force also has done an exceptional job in
meeting the challenges and demands of the move.”
In addition to the coordination with all organizations involved in the
relocation, other factors, including availability of facilities, will
play a role in the projected time line to move the ARRTC work force,
The ARRTC work force will move to the current Armor School facilities at
Fort Knox, Shuffield said.
For that to happen, the Armor School at Fort Knox needs to move into its
new location at Fort Benning, Ga.
ARRTC at Fort McCoy
The Army Reserve Readiness Training
Center (ARRTC), often referred to as the Schoolhouse of the Army
Reserve, was created and located at Fort McCoy in 1976.
Other important historical dates for ARRTC at Fort McCoy are:
•1982: Became an installation tenant activity;
•1990: Was awarded a unit insignia;
•1992: Classroom/administrative building was completed and
•1997: Distributed learning program began;
•2000: Dormitory project was completed; and
•2003: Virtual University started.
Some degree of renovation likely will be required to adapt the Armor
School building to meet ARRTC’s needs, he said.
As this happens, Shuffield said the ARRTC staff will continue to support
its mission of training thousands of personnel each year.
A contracted service that offers Automation Security training at the
ARRTC facility is aligned with Fort Gordon, Ga., and is not part of the
BRAC move and will remain at Fort McCoy.
Another key factor in the move will be the employees, who are split
between Active Guard/Reserve personnel and federal civilians, he said.
Each group will bring its own challenges to the moving process.
AGR personnel generally serve three years in an assignment before moving
to their next duty station. Shuffield said that the challenge faced with
the AGR personnel is they can’t be moved if they have been on station
less than one year.
Another factor is the timing of their permanent change of station move.
“We have to consider all of the effects moving can have,” he said, such
as spouses leaving jobs sooner than expected or children transferring to
another school during an academic year, for example.
Civilian employees also must make decisions about relocating to Knox.
Shuffield said many civilian employees have been at Fort McCoy for a
number of years and have ties to the local communities, where they live,
their spouses may be employed and they may have children in the school
districts or university systems. Many also are nearing the end of their
careers and may choose to stay in their current communities rather than
move to Fort Knox.
“Typically, the civilian employees have provided the stability and the
institutional knowledge while the military have brought in the new ideas
and kept the programs current and relevant,” he said. “If enough
experienced civilians don’t transfer to Fort Knox, the roles may be
reversed somewhat in the move, with the military personnel initially
providing the stability of the work force.”
Shuffield said everyone in the organization has been happy about the
time they have spent at Fort McCoy. The ARRTC was located at Fort McCoy
in 1976 and often was referred to as the Schoolhouse of the Army
“Our move is almost a bittersweet thing,” he said. “McCoy has been our
home. We’ve been treated well, and well received. It’s exciting to see
the ARRTC stand back up, and sad that we have to move.”