Major General Ellis
Chief, Army Aviation Branch
ARTEP Missionlraining Plans
CONJUNCTION with Army InItIatIves,theAviation Branch has long striven to perfect its abilityto measure the effectiveness
unit combat performance by evaluating unit training, equipment and personnel readiness, and tactical doctrine adherence.Without such measures, it is impossible to determinewhether current policy
procedural methods maximize the unit's ability to fight and win on the modernbattlefield.
assess a unit's combat effectiveness,evaluatorsmust measure its performance against standards derived from established doctrine.Currently, we use theArmy Training and Evaluation Program (ARTEP) toboth measure
unit's combat effectiveness and toserve as a guide for leaders to conduct effectivetraining. The ARTEP provides an outline
collectivetasks, conditions and standards. It also suggests training support requirements, such as devices
equipment, which assist in performance-oriented training.Unfortunately, a gap exists between the actual performance
the task and the combat scenario
whichit would be performed. This makes it difficult for thecommander to translate the ARTEP outline into arealistic training experience.
fill this gap, the Army is upgrading its trainingand evaluation program over the next several years bydeveloping an enhanced system that will be tailoredmore to the specific needs
the individual unit.
this effort will be a separate ARTEPMission Training Plan (AMTP) for each company/troop and battalion/squadron level organization. Inaddition
to supplying the commander descriptive
training and evaluation outlines, the new
suggests situational training exercises that supportmission
Hence, this matrix not only provides units a description
to train (as
but alsooffers scenarios that aid the commander in
effectively train his unit. Included
the new documents are examples
operation orders and fragmentary orders, as well as time planning schedules, whichprovide excellent training aids to unit leaders.
designed to allow the unit to retain theflexibility afforded it by the old ARTEP while alsoproviding more specific guidance to commanderswhen developing training situations that will increaserealism and improve combat effectiveness.Regarding this new
training program, Ihave two points
guidance to share with you. First,Iwant to stress the importance
your input to thisprocess while it is still
its infancy. The AviationCenter will publish AMTPs for seven types
unitsbetween now and fiscal year 1990. These units includethe assault helicopter company, the air cavalry troop,the attack helicopter company, the medium helicoptercompany, the regimental aviation squadron, and thetarget
company. Additionally,the Aviation Center will consolidate all headquarters and headquarters company, headquarters andheadquarters troop and headquarters and service
pany AMTPs into one manual entitled, "AviationCommand and
to be published on the sameschedule.The Aviation Center has begun circulating
the preliminary and coordinating drafts
these manuals to approving agencies, proponent schools andselected using units in accordance with Training andDoctrine
are soliciting comments. This is your chance to make an impacton how we
urge you to take advantage
it.Second, I want to stress that this new AMTP, likethe ARfEP, is a training
all aviation training is preparation forfuture battles.
train the way we plan to fight andwin, not to pass the test. Use the
with that inmind.