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Victory Starts Here!

Victory Starts Here!

There has never been a more important time for the Army’s Architect and General Contractor.

Victory for America’s Army begins with Training and Doctrine Command.

TRADOC DESIGNS the future Army through developing cutting-edge concepts and innovative capabilities.

TRADOC BUILDS the Army by finding the one percent who are willing to serve and using its talented drill sergeants, instructors and world-class facilities to turn them into Trusted Professionals.

TRADOC DEVELOPS adaptive and resilient leaders through rigorous professional military education and by infusing the Army’s doctrine and values into every Soldier.

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TRADOC designs the future Army


TRADOC's mission is to ensure that future Army forces are prepared to win in a complex world. The Army Capabilities and Integration Center, a 3-star center located at Fort Eustis, Virginia, designs the future force through world-class research and expert analysis.

ARCIC is responsible for developing concepts and capabilities, evaluating proposed modernization solutions, and integrating these capabilities across doctrine and materiel development, organizational design, training, leader development and education, personnel management, and facility domains.

TRADOC's goal is to modernize the force through the identification of capabilities that must possess to accomplish missions in support of national policy goals and objectives.

Every career in the Army begins with TRADOC.

Recruiting Command Center for Initial Military Training Cadet Command

Through Recruiting Command, Center for Initial Military Training and Cadet Command, TRADOC serves as the foundation for the “Start Strong” phase of every Soldier’s career.

TRADOC transforms civilians into Soldiers and provides them the pathway into the profession of Soldiers, past and present. For over 40 years, TRADOC has provided millions of Soldiers not only with the skills to become professionals in their field, but also the expertise and experience to successfully transition out of the Army upon completion of service.

TRADOC builds Soldiers physically, morally and academically to be qualified for life, not just the Army. Whether Soldiers choose to serve for a few years or a few decades; TRADOC will ensure they have the tools, training and credentials to succeed. Starting Strong is critical to the individual success of Soldiers and fundamental to the Army’s role in defending the nation.

TRADOC Develops the Army's leaders


Led by the Combined Arms Center, a 3 star command located at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, TRADOC manages the Army schools and centers that develop innovative and agile leaders and Trusted Professionals ready to lead formations and defeat our nation’s enemies.

TRADOC also develops and maintains the Army’s doctrine - the body of thought on how Army forces operate as an integral part of a joint force.

Developing leaders is the foundation for success for the Army’s future. TRADOC’s goal is to create an institutional learning environment that is challenging, dynamic, free flowing and exciting.

Such an environment is necessary to produce leaders of character who are capable of solving problems in a complex strategic environment, and who trust the Army institution to reward their innovation and unleash their creativity. These same leaders must be global in their thought, historical in their perspective and able to expertly operate in a complex Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational operational environment.

TRADOC adds innovation to the Army

Besides designing the future Army, TRADOC has adaptive organizations that can rapidly solve problems and provide solutions.


The The Rapid Equipping Force harnesses current and emerging technologies to provide immediate solutions to the urgent challenges of U.S. Army forces deployed globally.


The Asymmetric Warfare Group is a unit of highly trained warriors who provide rapid training and nonmaterial solutions and strategies to negate our enemy’s strengths while exploiting their weaknesses.

The Role of Strategic Landpower

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Strategic Landpower

Given the fundamental premise that people are the center of all national engagements, it is equally self-evident that war, or more broadly, conflict, is also an inherently human endeavor.

Our nation's land forces must sustain the capacity to dominate traditional land warfare. They must assure allies and deter adversaries. They must compel enemies to change their behavior in ways favorable to the rules of the organizations they lead.

To gain widespread credibility with the joint force and policy makers regarding the strategic utility of landpower, senior Army leaders will need to develop the high level of leadership competency that ensures their bosses can make the hard decisions necessary to achieve national strategic objectives.

Good leaders learn from experience and develop personal rules over time. Strategic leaders will use the lessons they learn to improve their leadership competency, and they will share lessons they believe could help other leaders improve their competency. As military leaders advance through years of service, they become more focused on managing strategic issues for the United States.

The principal players in the application of strategic landpower are the Army, the Marine Corps, and Special Operations Command. Each is designed for a different purpose, but those purposes intersect on the land where people live and interact. Our discussion here focuses specifically on the Army. The Army is applying the strategic landpower concept across the "prevent, shape, and win" construct.

This means in the absence of a crisis, the Army will employ landpower in key areas to maintain stability, build awareness, and establish relationships that prevent or resolve conflict before it becomes a bigger problem.

Regionally aligned forces are an example of how the Army does this now. We use maneuver forces worldwide to maintain strategic balance and prevent conflict, deterring aggressors and assuring our friends. Maneuvering strategically means engaging partners with mission-tailored forces to advance shared interests and maintain a relative positional advantage over time. Once a crisis occurs, the Army will use landpower via expeditionary maneuver to restore strategic balance.

Because of the time and effort invested during pre-crisis activities among the people of a particular region, the force will be better prepared to apply landpower responsibly and effectively during decisive operations.

When conflict escalates to war, our Army will compel changes in enemy behavior through the ethical application of violence. All the Army's efforts at the tactical and operational levels should be focused on achieving the desired national strategic end state.

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Photo of Gen. David G. Perkins, TRADOC commanding general
"After accepting the TRADOC colors, I understand the responsibility placed in my rucksack. As we design the Army, we also design the future of our nation, and that is a responsibility I will not take lightly."
General, U.S. Army

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