From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander

05/22/2019  |  By Brig. Gen. Miles Davis Commanding, 98th Training Division (IET)
From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander
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Iroquois Warriors, are you ready? Command Teams, are your formations ready?

As you read this article, our Division is decisively engaged at Army Training Centers in both Fort Benning and Fort Jackson, conducting the expanded 22-week Infantry One Station Unit Training, Cavalry One Station Unit Training, enhanced Basic Combat Training (such as the Forge), Chaplain Basic Officer Leaders Course, Navy Individual Augmentee Combat Training, and preparing for Summer Surge and the Iroquois Challenge. 

As demanding as this all might seem, the Army is calling upon us to do more in Fiscal Year 20 (like the new Army Combat Fitness Test, expanded Cavalry One station Unit Training...). However, the only way we can respond to that call is by being ready. Over this quarter, I want you to focus on these areas of Combat and Soldier Readiness:​

Combat Readiness:

Drill Sergeant Production. This is the Division’s number one readiness priority and the key to our long term success. I need each and every Soldier, NCO, and Officer in this Division recruiting new viable Drill Sergeant Candidates for our formations.

Leaders. I need Command Teams focused their Drill Sergeant Candidates at battalion in-processing during their first Battle Training Assembly, and getting them scheduled for the Drill Sergeant Academy. If you are a Command Team with Drill Sergeant Candidates without a Drill Sergeant Academy date, assess them and get a date!

Candidates. If you are a Drill Sergeant Candidate without a Drill Sergeant Academy date, get with your first line leader, get assessed, and get a date!

Training. Our ability to execute our missions, recruit viable Drill Sergeant Candidates, and retain Drill Sergeants (Combat Readiness), relies on our ability to effectively plan, execute, and assess challenging, METL-based training OUTSIDE of our Reserve Centers. Commanders, get your units out of the buildings to conduct challenging training. I expect battalions to be conducting two Field Training Exercises a year. Units that conduct great training, attract and retain great Soldiers! No great war story began with, “When we were in the Reserve Center....”

Soldier Readiness:

Soldiers. My expectation is that every Soldier in this Division from E1 to O7 is responsible for their own individual Soldier Readiness, and that they are taking care of their individual Soldier readiness (i.e., medical, dental) outside of Battle Training Assembly. By doing this, units can focus that time on compelling training. The Army provides funding so you can get paid for taking care of your medical and dental readiness outside of Battle Training Assemblies.

Leaders. I expect Leaders at all echelons to be responsible for readiness of the Soldiers in their areas of responsibility, understand and utilize readiness information systems, and have processes in place to ensure that all of their Soldiers stay in compliance with Soldier Readiness Requirements (such as the Commander’s Strength Management Module [CSMM] 90-day report). Leaders, make sure your Soldiers understand that they can get paid for taking care of their medical and dental readiness outside of Battle Training Assemblies.

As Commander, I am responsible for the Division’s failures. All credit for its success goes to you. I work for you and my staff exists to support you. My most important responsibility is to ensure you have the guidance, tools, and resources you need to be ready. With that being said, I expect you to take care of your subordinates and their families, and always demonstrate professionalism. Hold your subordinates accountable for their actions and demonstrate the Army values 24/7. As CSM Coyle and I visit your units, I encourage you to ask us questions, let us know your concerns, and share your ideas. Together, with a combined focus, we will make sure the 98th Division is “ready .”

“Standards, Discipline, and Trust”

Iroquois 6

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