Posted on Jan 19, 2014
SFC First Sergeant
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As a leader how do you ensure that your soldiers and you are kept abreast of the ever changing doctrine within the military (as well as within your MOS)? How do you ensure that these changing guidelines are implemented into your training and daily lives?
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SGM Sergeant Major
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The great thing about the Army is there is a manual/reg for everything. I recently went through this issue with my Soldiers. I developed a MOS training matrix and the initial response was that they know how to do their job. I explained they may think they know how to do their job but the Army has specific guidelines for what constitutes knowing ones job.

Once I showed them the list they started seeing tasks on there they have never done. Get into the manuals and figure out what is required for your MOS then you basic Soldier skills. Once you attack both of those you are on your way. One must realize that those guidelines are always changing. Once you get one top of your tasks seek out the Subject Matter Experts (SME) for fine tuning once you hit the top. The SMEs can point you in the right direction.

We always get the chance to have advanced classes on our MOS and bringing the crew to our location for the training helps them get the best practices out and allows us to realize what is cutting edge at that moment.
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SSgt Forensic Meteorological Consultant
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Now I was Air Force but I taught competency followed by hard work to learn above their pay grade.   Both in study and performance.
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On the level of technical proficiency, I still swear by the Soldier's Manual - Trainer's Guide for each MOS.  The SMTG lists the applicable skills, their initial training locations, and their sustainment training cycle.  A lot of units don't use them and lose critical skills that were trained only once in AIT.

Problem:  Some SMTGs are really old.  Like, old MOS code and outdated equipment old.  The best reference then are subject matter experts who can reference the current equipment/procedures in the field to some sort of document.  Some specific skills are currently being revamped by higher, such as GCSS-A replacing SAMS-E, SARRS, finance modules, and PBUSE.  Or the roll-out of IPPS-A for the 42A community.
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