Sample of a Sergeants Time Training Memorandum
Command Policy typically dictates Sergeant's Time Training, but what happens if you do't have a policy or if you have been tasked to create one? Here is the place to look. Sergeant’s Time Training is hands-on, practical training for soldiers given by their NCOs. It provides our NCOs with resources and the authority to bring training publications or Technical Manuals to life and to develop the trust between leader and led to ensure success in combat.
A sergeants Time Training Memorandum is used to provide guidance for the proper planning, resourcing, and execution of Sergeants Time Training (STT). By establishing a policy Soldiers are provided predictability in their schedule, which promotes overall morale and encourages commanders and leaders to optimize training opportunities.
Here is a Sample Sergeant's Time Memorandum:
STT is an excellent tool in preparing our soldiers to fight and win our Nation’s wars in combat operations. Commanders should set this time aside exclusively for the NCO leadership to train their soldiers (squads, sections, crews and teams) on METL related tasks under realistic as possible conditions. In combat, it will be the first line leaders that ensure steady and precise execution by our soldiers. NCOs and their soldiers must have the confidence that their unit can accomplish essential combat skills to standard. From STT soldiers develop greater confidence in their first line leaders and those leaders gain more confidence in themselves. Sergeant’s Time Training is our best opportunity to build that leadership. Therefore, we need to use the time wisely.
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About Sergeants Time Training
NCOs are the primary trainers of our soldiers. Sergeant’s Time Training (STT) affords a prime opportunity for developing our first line leaders while they gain confidence of their soldiers. Active Component commanders should institute STT as a regular part of the units training program. This will allow NCOs to train certain tasks to their soldiers in a small group environment. Tasks must crosswalk all the way to the Battalion Mission Essential Task List (METL) and commanders must direct their focus on the Quarterly Training Guidance.