TRAINING SUPPORT AND SCHOOLS DIRECTORATE
VICTORY COLLEGE, DEPUTY COMMANDING GENERAL FOR INITIAL MILITARY TRAINING
The Training Support and Schools Directorate (TSSD) is a staff section of the deputy commanding general for Initial Military Training located on Fort Jackson. TSSD develops, refines and supports Initial Military Training (BCT, OSUT and AIT) across TRADOC through doctrine, education, leader development, research, training and training support. The TSSD serves as the proponent for BCT, the Drill Sergeant Program, Initial Military Training (IMT) Reception, IMT Leader Education and Training (Victory College) courses, Army Physical Readiness and the Warrior Transition Course (WTC) to ensureIMT is as effective and world-class as possible.
To accomplish its mission, the TSSD is organized into the following sections:
- Doctrine and Training Development: Provides the most current doctrine and training development, derived from strategic and critical thinking, for IMT, the Drill Sergeant Program (DSP), the Warrior Transition Course (WTC) and the IMT Reception Program.
- Leader Development and Training and Training Support (Victory College): Plans, assesses and reviews IMT leader and cadre training programs developed and implemented for Initial Military Training. It advises the Deputy Commanding General for IMT on training development of IMT cadre training and assists all training installations in cadre training programs, as well as administratively managing the Master Resiliency Training Course (MRTC).
- Army Physical Fitness School: Serves as the specified proponent for Army-wide physical fitness. It revises and develops physical fitness doctrine, FM 3-22.20, Army Physical Readiness Training (APRT) performance standards, including the new APRT and Army Combat Readiness Test, while researching the fitness needs of the Army.
- Experimentation and Analysis Element: Provides support in the Initial Military Training environment to increase Soldier performance and reduce attrition through applied research, education, and cooperative associations with other organizations and agencies.
- Army Research Institute Cell: Improves the acquisition and retention of individual Soldier skills and values in IMT and institutional training programs supported by Fort Jackson through research advances in training methods and training outcomes measurement.
- Center for Army Lessons Learned: Representative collects, analyzes, disseminates, integrates and archives Army and Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational observations, insights, lessons (OIL) and tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) to support Initial Military Training.
- Army Center for Enhanced Performance (ACEP): Cell provides peak performance instruction to the Drill Sergeant School (DSS), BCT and other Fort Jackson units in order to enhance Soldier effectiveness through systematic training and development of key mental skills.
- The Drill Sergeant School Course is designed to provide selected NCOs the skills and information necessary to perform duties as BCT drill sergeants, such as performing drill sergeant duties in a BCT company; being responsible for training approximately 60 Initial Entry Training Soldiers every 10-week cycle; being responsible for maintaining the highest level of military standards while teaching the basics of Soldiering; developing discipline and ensuring the good health and morale of assigned Soldiers; conducting tactical and situational training during one-, three- and seven-day field exercises; instilling the warrior ethos and producing Soldiers through innovative training; and assisting the commander in the execution of training.
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