This program provides senior intelligence officers with training funds to meet mission essential wartime training tasks.

By Chief Warrant Officer Bruce W. Ohnesorge

    The U.S. Army tactical intelligence readiness program known as REDTRAIN is a unique one-of-a-kind program within the Department of Defense. The REDTRAIN program managers spend $9.6 million annually training military intelligence units governed by AR 350-3 and the REDTRAIN Handbook. Open to all MI soldiers, warrant officers and officers up to the grade of captain, the program also allows special operations forces intelligence personnel (MOS 180F and 18F) to use REDTRAIN funds.

    The REDTRAIN program provides senior intelligence officers with training funds to meet mission essential wartime training tasks. It provides MI technical, live environment and language immersion training opportunities in flexible programs which are tailored to ever-changing missions and contingency operations.

    Initiated in 1974 as the Peacetime Utilization Program, it expanded in May 1978 to include all MI disciplines and Army Reserves. In 1979, it became the Tactical Intelligence Readiness Training Program under AR 350-3.

    Oversight and mandated inspection programs allow for the decentralization and accountability of the REDTRAIN program. Accountability is key; the inspection program forces the user to share responsibility, provides assistance visits and enforces compliance with the new and existing regulations.

    The REDTRAIN program consists of two Department of Army and four unit sponsored training programs. The REDTRAIN Opportunities and REDTRAIN Initiatives programs sponsored by the U.S. Army are centrally managed and funded by the DA/REDTRAIN program manager/administrator office. REDTRAIN Initiatives allow participating commands to compete for DA funding. The U.S. Army supports new initiatives which benefit the tactical intelligence community and MI community as a whole.

    Live environment training, in unit training, off-site training and mobile training teams are REDTRAIN programs. The live environment training program provides hands-on training at fully operational sites. Intelligence units, elements, teams, or individuals involved in actual intelligence or security targets, operations, or exercises usually conduct on- the-job training in a temporary duty status. In-unit training provides specialized military intelligence training at garrison training facilities, centralized or consolidated.

    The off-site training program includes exercises, seminars, workshops, schools and conferences. It takes advantage of time sensitive training opportunities and supports the "train the trainer" needs of the senior intelligence officer.

    Mobile training teams provide technical expertise and tailored instruction to groups of students. With unrestricted team size and make up, this training proves the most cost effective use of REDTRAIN training assets.

    REDTRAIN supporting programs provide funds for training publications, equipment, contracts and program manager’s expenses. The supporting program provides funds for 20 active and Reserve Component MI training facilities, covering several disciplines as well as language readiness training issues. Spending limits and restrictions control the use of supporting program funds.

    The National Intelligence Familiarization Course is an excellent example of REDTRAIN Opportunities. Attendees receive an overview of the national intelligence community, its missions, capabilities and tasking. The tour includes visits to several intelligence centers and activities. Each participating activity provides points of contacts for future reference and coordination. The new tactical intelligence officers, non-commissioned officers and warrant officers return to their units with a better understanding of how the system works and where to obtain information.

    The REDTRAIN program provides the necessary tool senior intelligence officers/commanders and units need to meet mission essential training requirements. Flexibility and tailoring make it a valuable asset in MI training.

    Chief Warrant Officer Bruce W. Ohnesorge is the service program manager for the U.S. Army Tactical Intelligence Readiness Training Program, U.S. Army office of the deputy chief of staff for intelligence.

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   Last Updated: April 30, 1997