Sixty Training Days for Guard, Lawmakers Told

Washington Report

(March 14, 2017) The need for National Guard members to train for up to 60 days each year and increase combat-training-center rotations was explained last week when a senior Army leader testified on Capitol Hill.

“Units that must be available immediately, such as Army National Guard [armored-brigade-combat teams] and Stryker [brigade-combat teams], will have additional training days to enable their rotations through a combat-training center,” Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson said in written testimony. The deputy chief of staff for operations was appearing before the readiness subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee.

The training will take place over a four-year cycle, he explained, according to Army Times. That would include the current standard of 39 days in the first year, but would jump to 45 days in the second year of the cycle and to 60 for the final two years. The third year would include a rotation at a combat-training center, he said.

“This is a tremendous increase in time to get them ready,” he said. “It will increase the CTC rotations for the Guard from two to four starting in [fiscal 2018].”

The issue of extended training days was discussed in the November edition of National Guard, the NGAUS magazine, by Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, the director of the Army National Guard.

The purpose is to bring greater readiness to the force. Only about one-third of Army BCTs are ready to deploy. That’s true of only one out of four combat-aviation brigades. The key to reaching “sufficient” readiness in the next four or five years is to increase the number of training-center rotations.