This blog post is a continuation of the multi-part Company Command Series covering key aspects of my command experience that I feel other commanders (current and future) can benefit from. This post wraps up Unit Training Management focusing on METL and collective task training tracking.
With the Army’s introduction of Objective-T for Mission Essential Task List (METL) proficiency reporting, it is more critical than ever to codify and be objective in your company’s own METL tracking.
Before the implementation of Objective-T, I created a matrix to record MET and collective task training conducted. The matrix columns were my formations, one for the company and one for each platoon. The rows were our assigned METs and the designated supporting collective tasks. For each applicable collective task, platoon leaders updated training conducted on that specific task. The PLs include all necessary information regarding the training of that collective task needed for an Objective-T rating to include date(s) last trained, if training was conducted day and night, live fire exercise incorporated or not, and the number of participating personnel from the platoon compared to authorized.
As your platoon leaders complete the matrix with collective task information, you can easily assess their platoon’s MET proficiency (T, P+, P, P-, U). With an accurate picture of MET proficiency for your platoons, you can then translate that to the overall company rating.
I had my XO and operations sergeant create the matrix, print it on the battalion plotter, and laminate it. We hung the large product in our company conference room. As part of the weekly company training meeting agenda, platoon leaders updated the matrix based on recent training conducted. Prior to battalion training meetings, and especially quarterly training briefs (QTBs) to my brigade commander, I updated the company information (based on the platoon ratings and my commander assessment) to brief accurate ratings with sufficient supporting data.
Below is an example matrix for reference.
Creating the product is, initially, a large undertaking. It took my company three versions to finally get this product right. Expect the product to (almost) span from the ceiling to the floor to ensure space for PLs to fill out all necessary information. However, the benefits validate the effort put into creating this massive matrix. It enabled me to brief MET proficiency ratings confidently and provide more than sufficient evidence during battalion training meetings and brigade QTBs. It also made recalling the necessary information for Objective-T much simpler.
The next Company Commander Series post covers how to manage your company additional duties and ensure they are quality programs.