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More Training Days for Guard Soldiers

October 13, 2016

arng-largeSome Army National Guard soldiers will soon spend more days training, the Army Guard director announced at the annual Association of the United States Army meeting last week.

“We have critical capability in the Army National Guard that the active Army relies on to provide the combatant commanders with the forces they need,” said Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy at the event in Washington, D.C. “As an example, our armored brigade combat teams and Stryker units are in high demand.”

While those units may be in high demand, Guard soldiers typically train one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer for a total of 39 days each year. That training model, in place since the passage of the Dick Act in 1903, does not match current operational tempos and needs, Kadavy said.

An increase in training days and large-scale unit rotations to combat-training centers such as the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, are needed to ensure continued readiness, he said.

Under the new model, armored and Stryker brigade combat teams will see a rotation to Fort Irwin every four years. As part of that four-year model, soldiers in those units can expect to see yearly training days range from 39 days in the first year to 60 days by the third year, with the fourth year seeing soldiers train for 51 days.

“This construct will fully support a deployment for one of those armored or Stryker units every two to three years,” Kadavy said. “If a contingency breaks out, they will be available to the Army and the joint force more quickly than our previous readiness generation models.”

The new training model also includes other units such as attack and reconnaissance aviation units and other early entry enabler units, Kadavy said.

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