eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC)
What is it?
The Army National Guard’s (ARNG) eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC)
program provides an experience similar to a Combat Training Center to
Guard Soldiers at home station or at a regional training center,
minimizing cost and time away from home and jobs. XCTC is an instrumented
battalion field training exercise designed to certify company proficiency
in coordination with First Army.
This program leverages the Deployable Force-on-Force Instrumented Range
System (DFIRST), developed by SRI International. DFIRST is a set of
instruments the National Guard mounts on vehicles in order to monitor
training outside a traditional range. DFIRST provides radar imagery for
tracking vehicles across a battlefield.
Individual Soldiers carry the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement (MILES)
2000 and an Enhanced Digital Instrumentation (EDI).
What has the ARNG done?
Recent XCTC accomplishments and activities include:
- A Battalion Task Force trained at the Wendell H.
Ford Regional Training Center in Kentucky.
- Other rotations trained at Camp Atterbury and the
Muscatatuck Urban Training Area, Indiana.
What continued efforts does the ARNG have planned for the future?
First Army has designated a Training Support Battalion (TSBn) to support
XCTC. The National Guard plans to increase the number of XCTC sets and
increase the capability to train more battalions. The current goal is to
train 12 battalions a year with multiple XCTC sets. Work is underway to
improve the visualization capabilities to provide not only location but
body positioning (prone, standing, and kneeling). The visualization of
weapons orientation (raised, slung, and not present) is already
Why is this important to the Army National Guard?
Participating units involved in a rotation focus on Contemporary Operating
Environment (COE) or theater specific tasks which provide for theater
immersion. The XCTC provides a cost-effective and readily available
alternative to the National Training Center (NTC) in Fort Irwin,
California or the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) in Fort Polk,
Louisiana. The XCTC provides a culminating event for units in the Army
Force Generation Model (ARFORGEN) which involves a six-year rotation cycle
that prepares units for deployment.
The Army’s Combat Training Centers do not have the capacity to accommodate
the requirement to train six Army National Guard brigade combat teams per
year. FORSCOM is developing an Exportable Training Capability (ETC) to
mitigate this requirement, but the ETC will not be available until 2010 or
later. The XCTC program is the Army National Guard solution for a bridging
strategy until the ETC is fully operational and the requirements are met.
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