(Training and Doctrine Command News Service) — "The side that
has the smartest Soldiers ... is the side that wins war." Command
Sgt. Maj. David M. Bruner of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine
Command (TRADOC) issued those remarks during the Department of Defense
(DoD) Worldwide Education Symposium 2009 recently at the Marriott
Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, Ga.
Command Sgt. Maj. David M.
Bruner, the TRADOC command sergeant major, speaks about changes
in the way the Army educates its NCOs and how an educated Army
wins wars. (Photo by Sgt.
Maj. Pleasant Lindsey III)
symposium brought together senior military leaders, military
educators, and college, university, and financial aid representatives
to highlight military education opportunities.
Sweet, DoD Relations, University of Maryland University College
(UMUC), said the symposium gave senior military leaders the chance to
see a cross section of education opportunities for servicemen and
feel a positive impact of helping servicemembers when you see them
graduate," Sweet said.
charts the training course for all Soldiers in the Army. Bruner
explained to the symposium’s attendees how Soldiers who enter today’s
Army learn about the College of the American Soldier where they can
enroll with partner colleges to earn an associates or bachelors degree
while on active duty.
Army Career Tracker (ACT), Bruner said, will allow leaders to monitor
their Soldiers’ education progression from anywhere in the world.
ACT will help Soldiers monitor education, professional and training
progression on one easily accessible site, he said, whether at home,
in garrison or deployed.
education opportunities are not limited to the civilian sector.
Through TRADOC, the Army provides military education and training
opportunities for Soldiers throughout their careers.
training units create learning opportunities to expand the NCO Corps’
example is the emphasis on writing and communications skills at Fort
Rucker’s Advanced NCO Course and Basic NCO Course.
launch NCO Net and Aviation Net sites to respond to articles. Fort
Rucker also will offer a writing award to solicit articles for
professional publications. TRADOC is revamping military education and
improving leadership roles for NCOs.
this is just one example of the training opportunities in the field.
There are good-news stories at other sites, too, Bruner said:
transitioned into the Advanced Leaders Course, or ALC, and ANCOC
transitioned to the Senior Leaders Course, or SLC, to help develop
broadly skilled, adaptive leaders.
and SLC include competencies NCOs will need to mentor and lead
Soldiers in squads, platoons and companies, Bruner said.
include financial management, supervising maintenance and training,
conducting military briefings and learning the Army Writing Style.
next step is to transition common NCO corps courses to Web-based
learning, a technique established this year with the U.S. Army
Sergeants Major Academy class 60.
is expanding leadership opportunities as well, Bruner said. Command
Sgt. Maj. Teresa King will take over as commandant of the U.S. Army
Drill Sergeant School. She is the first female to hold this position.
needs to be opportunities for everyone," Bruner said. "She
will ensure drill sergeants embody the Army’s standards and instill
those standards in new recruits."
is instituting the Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeant
Competition to ensure Advanced Individual Training platoon sergeants
are recognized for the training, guidance and mentorship they give new
competition will include scripted situations the platoon sergeants
will have to think through and demonstrate their proficiency to make
correct, proper decisions affecting their Soldiers.