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With the reorganization and move of Land Force Command Headquarters in 1996, the strategic training management functions were split between the Combat Training Centre (CTC) in Gagetown and the Directorate of Army Training (DAT), which was established in Kingston. At that time individual training qualification standards and the course scheduling and loading functions were also moved to CTC. DAT retained all of the other strategic training functions including policy, general and occupation specifications, collective and individual battle task standards and the like. The collective training functions that were formerly performed in Montreal were moved to Kingston in their entirety but one year later the collective training management functions were moved to the Land Staff Ottawa and placed in DLFR, where they were combined with the existing foreign training functions. In April 2001 it was decided to return these functions to DAT in order to achieve better synchronization of both individual and collective training. DAT is part of the Land Force Doctrine and Training System that was established in 2000.
The mission of the Directorate of Army Training is:
To provide dedicated professional training support to the Land Force.
The vision of the Directorate of Army Training is:
To provide the highest quality training at all levels in order to prepare the Total Force Army to meet all of its roles and missions.
The Director of DAT is Colonel Mike Jorgensen who arrived this summer from the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College where he was one of the Directing Staff. The Directorate is organised along functional lines with several section heads and a Deputy Director who maintains a future focus. Currently the Deputy Director, Lieutenant Colonel Tom Tarrant, is deployed on a peacekeeping mission so DAT 3 is responsible for future functions. Lieutenant-Colonel John Tattersall, formerly the commandant of the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering, who took over as DAT 3 this summer. Major Gauvin is currently DAT 5, with Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Thomson as DAT 6 and Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Haindl as DAT 7. The diagram below shows DAT's current organisation.
Since its inception DAT has undertaken a wide range of projects. Some of its recent accomplishments include:
* A complete review of the Canadian Forces Officer and Non-Commissioned Member General Specifications and all Army Military Occupation Classification (MOC) Specifications, resulting in extensive revisions to most Qualification Standards and eventually to all aspects of Army individual training. This will aid in better preparing personnel for the Army of tomorrow.
* A complete revision of Reserve officer training to provide a better training profile that has achieved a balance between the high yet very expensive standards formerly achieved under the Reserve Entry Scheme Officers (RESO) system, and the very minimum standards of the old and block system.
* The development of Unit Qualification Lists (UQL) that enable the Army to better manage the quantity of training to be delivered through the Individual Training Management Information System (ITMIS). The UQL ensures that training is only provided to those who need it, thereby releasing resources for those areas in which there is a shortfall.
* The creation of Battle Task Standards to provide a clearer focus, as well as evaluation standards, for both collective training and individual soldier skills for all members of the Army through the Individual Battle Task Standards.
* The publication of B-GL 300-008/FP-001, Training Canada's Army, a keystone manual that fully explains the Army training approach and process. An electronic copy of CFP 300-008 is available on the Land Force Doctrine and Training System (LFDTS) web-site at: http://lfdts. army. mil.ca/dat/draft-ebauche.asp.
* The publication of B-GL 381-001/ FP-001, Training Safety. An electronic copy of this manual is available on the LFDTS web-site at: http://lfdts. army.mil.ca/ael/new-nouveau.asp.
* The creation and approval of the Army Training and Operations Framework (ATOF), a major step in addressing the issues of operational tempo and the synchronisation of individual and collective training. Some of the current and future DAT work includes:
* The integration of formal instruction on the ATOF into Army Officer and NCM professional development.
* Creation of policies and programmes for:
* Physical Fitness.
* The Shoot-to-Live Programme, including evaluation and the integration of simulation with the small arms trainers.
* Assessing the usefulness of a new training cycle.
* The development of an Army approach to Distance Learning (DL) in co-operation with the National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) Defence Learning Network project, including the creation of an army DL policy.
* The development of an Army Training Strategy to work within the ATOF to balance individual and collective training;
* The transfer of responsibility to the Army for training management for some Combat Support Trades. An overview of the various sections within DAT will now follow.
DAT 3 INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE …