FORT POLK, La. –– Soldiers can lose critical skill proficiency without sustainment training.
Acquired knowledge like determining location on ground (terrain association), performing voice communications and knowing how to move under direct fire all are perishable skills if not practiced often.
That’s why 5th Battalion, 353rd Infantry Regiment, 162nd Infantry Brigade, began its annual warrior training tasks program Oct. 10, at Tiger Field on North Fort Polk.
The Army identified 40 tasks and nine drills that enhance a Soldier’s readiness to fight on the battlefield.
The unit will cover all warrior training tasks by performing four tasks and one drill per month.
This month, all tasks were related to map reading and the drill was entering and clearing a room. Senior NCOs ran each lane focusing on performance oriented training enhanced by their deployment experience.
The drill training (entering and clearing a room) got the attention of the Alpha Battery Company Commander Capt. William O’neal. With a military police background, O’neal served as an officer in charge on different special reaction teams.
He taught the SRT program at West Point, N.Y. and built the SRT program at Fort Stewart, Ga. He shared his expertise by demonstrating room clearing techniques.
Sgt. First Class Leroy Williams, platoon sergeant of the Pacific Command Regionally Aligned Force training team was in charge of the tasks lanes and said, “I feel like we definitely met the intent for today.
The majority of the Soldiers were a little rusty when it came to map reading skills.
It’s good to practice basic tasks to maintain Soldier proficiency.”