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Standardizing mission essential task lists.

The Chief of Staff of the Army directed the formation of the Army Mission Essential Task List (METL) Review Board (AMRB) in 2007 to establish and maintain a Standardized METL for like-type HQDA designated Army brigade and higher echelon units. These METL were initially referred to as Core METL (CMETL), then Full Spectrum Operations (FSO) METL, and now Standardized METL as Army doctrine has evolved over the past eight years.

The Standardized METL established by the AMRB provides a list of core capabilities and tasks that a unit must execute to facilitate Decisive Action in any operating environment and supports that unit's training readiness reporting.

The Standardized METL are developed, updated, and synchronized with:

* The strategic environment as defined by the Army Training Strategy.

* The unit's Table of Organization and Equipment (TO&E).

* Changes in Army doctrine.

* The technically correct expression of collective tasks in accordance with TRADOC Regulation 350-70, Army Learning Policy and Systems and FM 7-15, The Army Universal Task List (AUTL).

The AMRB is conducted annually, or as required per HQDA discretion, via SharePoint, Defense Connect Online, or video-teleconference at the direction of the G37/TR (Training Readiness) Director of Training on behalf of the DCS G-3/5/7.

The Intelligence Center of Excellence (ICoE) and other U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Schools and CoEs develop and recommend draft or revised Standardized METL for Army units for which they are proponents. They then submit the METL to the applicable Army Command (ACOM), Army Service Component Command (ASCC), or Direct Reporting Unit (DRU) that serves as the higher headquarters training readiness command for that type of unit. After appropriate review and adjudication of the recommended METL between the CoE and ACOM/ASCC/DRU, a proposed Standardized METL is then submitted to AMRB voting and nonvoting members for consideration and approval recommendation at the formal AMRB voting session. The AMRB recommended Standardized METL for all units are then reviewed by the Homestation/Deployed Council of Colonels (H/D CoC) and the Training General Officer Steering Committee (TGOSC) prior to submission for final approval by the HQDA DCS G3/5/7.

Once approved, the Standardized METL serves as the basis for brigade echelon units to focus their collective unit training management, and provides the metrics for training readiness reporting in NetUSR in accordance with Army Regulation 220-1, Unit Status Reporting.

HQDA does not require TRADOC proponent schools or CoEs to develop Standardized METL for Battalion and Company level units. The unit METL for these size organizations are the responsibility of the unit commander to develop, with face-to-face dialogue with the higher level commander, in support of their unit's designed or directed mission.

ICoE develops and maintains, in coordination with the Intelligence and Security Command G3, the Standardized METL for the theater echelon Military Intelligence Brigade (MIB). ICoE, in conjunction with Forces Command G3, is currently in the process of Standardized METL development for the Corps-aligned Expeditionary-MIB due to begin activation in late fiscal year 2015.

Linda Klein is the Director of the Training Development and Integration Division (TDID) for USAICoE. She is a Signals Intelligence Analyst by trade and has over 30 years combined military and federal service.
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Author:Klein, Linda
Publication:Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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