What are Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills (WTBD)?

A soldier taking part in unit training Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills

A soldier taking part in unit training

Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills

My old training NCO used to tell me, “if it aint raining, we aint training.” I think he loved the dirt and mud. Back in the day we used to call it Common Task Traininng (CTT) which was nothing more than an annual selection of critical tasks out of the Soldiers Manual for Common Task, SCMT 21-1-SMCT.

Well, from that book it defines WTBD “The Army identified warrior tasks and battle drills (WTBD) that enhance a Soldier’s readiness to fight on the battlefield. Warrior tasks are a collection of individual Soldier skills known to be critical to Soldier survival. Examples include weapons training, tactical communications, urban operations, and first aid. Battle drills are group skills designed to teach a unit to react and survive in common combat situations. Examples included react to ambush, react to chemical attack, and evacuate injured personnel from a vehicle. WTBD increases the relevance of training to current combat requirements and enhance the rigor in training. The driving force behind the change comes from lessons learned. Standards remain constant but commanders must be aware that the enemy adapts at once and Soldier training will change sooner because of current operational environments.”

Annually tasks are selected as the 20XX WTBD listing.