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Commander's Intent

To instill the skills, knowledge, and attributes required for Soldiers to contribute to their first units of assignment.

Key Tasks:
• Transform civilian volunteers into Soldiers
• Train to standard / Consistency of output
• Take care of Soldiers, families, and civilians
• Conduct Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and
  Prevention Program (SHARP), Hazing prevention, and
  Suicide prevention training
• Reduce leader indiscipline
• Emphasize “Soldier Athlete” (Physical Training,
  Musculoskeletal Action Team pilots, Soldier Fueling,
  Master Fitness Trainer Course).

Deputy Commanding General
U.S. Army Center
for Initial Military Training

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Major General
Ross E. Ridge's Bio.

Command Sergeant Major
U.S. Army Center
for Initial Military Training

Command Sergeant Major
Dennis J. Woods' Bio.

United States Army Center for Initial Military Training (CIMT)

Manage, synchronize, and oversee entry-level military training, education, and resource prioritization so Initial Military Training units can transform civilian volunteers into Soldiers who are able to contribute as leaders or members of a team upon arrival at their first unit of assignment.

The Army Military Professional starts here – by preparing, training, and educating civilian volunteers, and transforming them into Soldiers, who are competent in their military skills and specialties, who are individuals of character, and who are committed to serving our Nation as a member of the Profession of Arms.

Competence. Soldiers who demonstrate the ability to perform basic combat skills as measured by the Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, and who demonstrate entry-level proficiency in their branch or occupational specialty.

Character. Soldiers who understand the Army culture and demonstrate through decisions and actions the seven Army Values and professional military ethic.

Commitment. Soldiers who understand the calling to service and sacrifice, who perform their duties successfully with discipline and to standard, and who successfully and ethically accomplish the mission despite adversity, obstacles, and challenges.

  • Inculcate into newly accessed Soldiers an understanding and commitment to the Army Values, moral-ethical conduct and the Professional of Arms
  • Assess, develop and sustain individual holistic health and fitness with the goal to minimize risk of injury, enhance performance and build capability to physically perform required Soldier and occupational skills
  • Employ a learner-focused approach to training that focuses on adaptability and refined problem-solving skills and results in Soldiers who are disciplined, proficient in their entry-level Warrior and MOS skills and able to serve as a trusted member /leader of a team
FOCUS AREA: Human Dimension
(TRADOC PAM 535-3-7 (Draft))
  • Social Development…Warrior Spirit, Moral-Ethical Foundation, Socio-Cultural Sensitivity
  • Physical Development…Holistic Fitness and Resiliency
  • Cognitive Development…Responsive to the Changing Operational Environment
Compliance…Standards, Accountability and Discipline
♦... an enduring set of principles for ourselves and those we supervise—standards, accountability and discipline are an inherent part of our shared Values and are essential in our demonstration of character, competence and commitment as a Army Professional Soldier and Civilian.

A Safe and Secure Environment
  ♦... an environment that promotes and respects the individual dignity of all Soldiers and Civilians—recruits and cadre alike;
  ♦... that is free of harassment and fear of sexual assault and where everyone knows that they are valued and protected;
  &dias;... and where everyone truly believes and feels that they are a member of a team and that their drill sergeants, instructors, leaders, co-workers and battle buddies are constantly looking out for their well-being and ensuring that a safe and secure place exists for them to live, work, train, and learn.

Soldier and Cadre Reception and Integration
  ♦... the accession of civilian volunteers—aspiring military professionals—into a vocation built on trust, military expertise, esprit de corps, honorable service and stewardship, and who share the same military ethic and commitment as Army professionals, past and present.
  ♦... Resilient Soldiers, leaders and cadre who have the opportunity and skills to thrive personally and professionally to meet their full potential.

Initial Entry Training and Physical Readiness … foundational training for all Soldiers entering the Army—training that fosters individual toughness, battlefield skill and fighting spirit;
  ♦... that enables apprentice-level proficiency in their military occupational specialty and branch;
  ♦... and builds self-confidence, adaptability, physical strength, resilience, and mental agility resulting in Soldiers who are physically ready, grounded in Army Values, and competent in their skills so they are able to contribute as leaders or members of a team upon arrival at their first unit of assignment.

Cadre Selection and Certification
  ♦... the identification, selection and certification of drill sergeants, platoon sergeants, instructors and small group instructors that epitomizes the traits, characteristics and attributes of the NCO and officer Corps, and who fully embrace and demonstrate the principles of the Army Learning Model;
  ♦... the preparation, education and development of TRADOC IMT command teams—First Sergeants, Command Sergeants Major, and Company/Battalion/Brigade Commanders.
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Doctrine 2015: "Delivering Doctrine to the Point of Need"

Doctrine 2015

Clear, Concise, Current and Accessible

•   Provides the U.S. Army with a completely revised Army Doctrine Publications that are only 10-15 pages in length.
•   Doctrine 2015 will make these references available at the point of need through interactive media such as mobile applications.
•   Offers a "wiki" means of contributing to doctrine development.
•   Essential lessons learned from 10 yrs of persistent conflict.
•   Doctrine is more accessible to Soldiers.

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