I was invited by COL Casey Haskins to observe application of Outcomes Based Training and Education (OBT&E), Adaptive Leader Methodology (ALM) and the Combat Application Training Course (CATC) in the field environment during Cadet Summer Training (CST).
The summer training was the first full implementation of OBT&E, in which ALM and CATC falls under as a way to reach outcomes. The main theme was let the cadets do as much as possible, while making mistakes.
They conducted platoon level free play force on force exercises during Cadet Leader Training (CLT) which consists of rising seniors (“firsties”) in platoon on platoon scenarios. I missed the last scenario, but still discussed with cadets about their observations of training. Their comments were very substantive and positive. Their only criticism was the use of MILEs did not work as well. I also had several discussions with various “TACs” on their observations of training. Story after story on how cadets reacted to free thinking OPFOR, as well as the stress of missions, told of its success.
I also observed the certification of rising juniors (“cows”), who in turn will be training the plebes during their Cadet Basic Training (CBT). I was also asked by the cadre to give a short presentation on ALM to the class.
Summary: COL Haskins and his cadre did (are doing) an excellent job implementing OBT&E and its techniques ALM and CATC to reach the outcomes. With great instructors/leaders like Major Chad Foster, they are setting the example of how to do OBT&E, ALM and CATC.