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TFCO Minor SITREP/24 - General Update & Staff Changes


Tuesday 21 November 2023





Maj

Major James


Commanding Officer
UNITAF


I wanted to take a few brief minutes to bring you all up to date on some general movements in our roadmap and staff teams as we move into this Winter.

 

Promotions in the ORGCOC

I'm pleased to announce the promotion today of Sgt mbaker5114 (J2) to Staff Sergeant. Since joining staff over 14 months ago SSG mbaker has made a marked impact on a number of areas, specifically during his time as J7 NCOIC in pushing forward the units training strategy and contribution teams. More recently SSG mbaker has taken this fair handedness and attention to detail to Personnel Command where he is a well respected member of the team handling Personnel Dossiers, Observations and Reports. Congratulations Baker, a well deserved promotion.

 

New NCOIC in J1 Recruiting Staff, Personnel Command

J1 Recruiting NCOIC Cpl T. Wolf (J1/2) will be stepping down today from Personnel Command Staff after having served 8 months on staff and having taken the NCOIC role from former NCOIC SSG Prius. I want to thank now SP2 T. Wolf for his dedication in the role of NCOIC, which has seen a great many changes to our RRO pipeline over the last 8 months as I'm sure many of you will have seen and experienced, especially those coming through the Recruit phases in his tenure. SP2 T. Wolf intends to remain involved with J1 Recruiting through the contributor program as Specialist 2nd Class.

On that same note, Personnel Command recommends Cpl Mr.47 (J1) to succeed as NCOIC J1, which I'm happy to approve effective immediately. Congratulations to Cpl. Mr.47 - we look forward to your continued hard work for our Applicants, Candidates and Recruits in the future.

The group NCOIC is the NCO in charge of a group under a command unit and are the primary unit-wide point of contact and management for the groups activities and NCOs.

 

New NCOIC in J3 Operations Staff, Operations Command

You may recall that Operations Officer 2Lt Zuka had gave notice of a selection for a new J3 Operations NCOIC, this role is vital for the coordination between Campaigns and OC for scheduling of deployments and the coordination between MSTs and Field Leaders - with new scheduling tools recently released, this will be a vital role for getting the schedule healthy looking forward. 

Cpl Kerry (J2) has been selected for this position and now becomes Cpl Kerry (J3/2) as NCOIC J3 Operations with this and for being just a few days short of review I'm happy to also promote Cpl Kerry to Sergeant - and so, with that - Many Congratulations Sgt Kerry!

The schedule is obviously a key part of UNITAF life and we're all excited to have someone championing it going forward as well as working with our valued Mission Support Teams and Field Leaders to matchmake and get missions off of paper and into reality.

The group NCOIC is the NCO in charge of a group under a command unit and are the primary unit-wide point of contact and management for the groups activities and NCOs.

 

Roadmap Update - Force Manual, Training Command

In the latest TAFFCAST episode we announced that we will soon replace all current SOP with a new Force Manual.

 

What is the Force Manual?

The force manual is soon to be the successor to UNITAF SOP in the traditional document format, it will become a bible which contains all unit doctrine, it simplifies our policies by breaking them down into modular blocks which are either Skills, Policies or Guides making them easier to navigate, update and understand. For the first time it introduces the ability to add non-enforceable information such as guides to our wider documentation. Below is an extract from the FM from a chapter called About the FM, to give you an idea or how it differs to our current approach.

 

FM/BG-67 - Purpose and Scope

The UNITAF Force Manual (FM) serves as a comprehensive guide, detailing the standard operating procedures, strategies, and foundational principles governing UNITAF operations. Designed for both novice and experienced members, the FM encompasses the breadth and depth of UNITAF's operational philosophy.

 Guide
FM/BG-69 - Chapters and Subchapters

The overarching organisational segments of the FM, these help in broadly categorizing the content, making navigation simpler.

 Guide
FM/BG-70 - Groups

Nested within Chapters (or Subchapters where applicable), these are collections of contextually connected content. Each group houses a series of blocks that align with the group's thematic focus. Groups are assigned a reference such as: FM/GXX

 Guide
FM/BG-71 - Guide Blocks

Guides within the FM present best practices that offer valuable insights and suggestions for members. While they're less stringent than policies and are not enforced or evaluated they can provide context or play a crucial role in providing direction and recommended methods of operation, ensuring UNITAF's continued effectiveness and adaptability.

 Guide
FM/BG-72 - Policy Blocks

Policies are immutable rules and regulations integral to the FM. They firmly shape UNITAF's actions, behaviours, and overall operational ethos. As the bedrock of UNITAF's standards, they establish the organisations non-negotiable boundaries and are enforced by the units command.

 Guide
FM/BG-73 - Skill Blocks

Skills provide detailed breakdowns of essential competencies, ranging from foundational to advanced levels. They are designed to equip UNITAF members for diverse roles and challenges. Each skill outlined in the FM is actionable and evaluable, designed for peer-to-peer (P2P) evaluation to ensure continuous skill development and feedback. While skills can feature in multiple groups based on their relevance, it's important to note that each group is tied to a singular chapter to maintain the FM's structured organization.

 Guide
FM/BG-74 - Skill Block Levels

Skill blocks can be rated as one of the following classifications:

  • Foundational: Essential proficiencies expected of all members.
  • Intermediate: Role-specific skills enhancing depth in specialised tasks.
  • Advanced: Elite skills demanding rigorous knowledge and experience.
 Guide
FM/BG-75 - Skill Block Proficiency

In peer-to-peer evaluations, members can be rated against skill blocks in any of the following proficiency ratings;

  • Novice: Basic understanding, requires guidance.
  • Competent: Can manage under typical scenarios.
  • Proficient: Can handle intricate situations confidently.
  • Expert: Complete mastery, can instruct and manage unexpected scenarios.

 

How will the Force Manual help?

Following other adaptations under the future roadmap strategy, the force manual will in a very Wikipedia sense, allow us to more clearly define expectations of the unit and allow for more frequent and wider contributions to UNITAF SOP.

 

 

What does this mean for our current SOP?

Under the Force Manual plan, all current SOP and FTXs will be replaced in a Phased Implementation, however for the most part we are not making sweeping doctrinal changes to unit SOPs. In Phase 1, the Force Manual will launch with the new Medical SOP which will include the implementation of KAT Medical as well as Anti-vehicle. This is a concious choice as we want to ensure we don't start with high-traffic areas as we are in the early implementation stages of a rather wide ranging system.

As each Combat Area is implemented to the Force Manual, it's current SOPs will be re-directed to the force manual, which will become the new reference for that area. When this happens, those combat areas and their Tier requirements will be reviewed and updated - at this stage we will implement Enhanced Tier Requirements (ETRs) in those areas, this is where we reduce reliance on Practice Hours and look more towards experience in roles - similar to how Field Leadership and Combat Leadership work.

 

What does this mean for FTXs and Lesson Plans?

With the new Force Manual Skills system, we will gradually start to implement Skill/Competency based requirements to the ETRs and this will take the form of peer-to-peer evaluation rather than a traditional FTX lessons. We envision that after full implementation large group trainings will still take place, but that it may be more common to see 1-on-1 and small group training taking place. In the FM system, Lesson Plans will not be required in the current sense, as the FM is designed to replace Lesson Plans as a single source of information. During this transition period we'll still be providing our current FTXs as required, but you'll see less focus on future LP development for this reason and more information on this will be published soon as we feature more of the Force Manual in future updates.

 

When will the Force Manual / ETS changes take place?

The Force Manual system was built in the Summer and the current state of the system is that it's live on the Beta system, and staff from across Training Command have had access to it for a number of weeks. We've started forming combat area specific Force Manual Development Groups (FMDGs) and those are now ongoing for the Phase 1 Areas of Medical and Anti-vehicle. We expect these to take the longest as we're still working out how to best convert our current SOP style into our new style, but in any case, we expect a full transition of Phase 1 before Christmas, and we have hopes and plans that we may get beyond Phase 2 or 3 over the Christmas break, but I'd rather under promise and over deliver on this point!

 

Why?

The purpose of the FM is simple, to recognise that our way of deciding, documenting and applying our doctrine must be simplier and leaner if we're going to be the best at what we do both now and in the future. It's a big task, but it's one the team is behind and I hope that when you see it in action, you'll see an improvement in everything we do, from the skill of those to your left and right, to the ease in which you can find and understand information important to the roles you like to deploy in. Better quality is something we can all get behind.

 

How can I help?

If you're as excited about the future potential of the Force Manual transition as we are, you can get involved by contacting Training Command who are managing the implementation and then future management of the Force Manual. We're currently looking for subject matter experts (SMAs) in the active Phase subjects to assist in the re-writing process, and have reached out to many SMAs already.

 

 

As development focus is now fully on Training Command for the Winter, we have a clear roadmap of changes for the implementation of the FM and full transition from our current hours/experience based role access systems to the Enhanced Tier system and Force Manuals - while this will still take time to really have an impact, it's the final piece of the puzzle if you will to set us up not just for next year, but for Arma 4 and beyond.

There will be plenty of updates on this topic forthcoming, but should you have any questions - feel free to reach out on Discord.

All the best, and see you in the field soon.


Major James
Commanding Officer
UNITAF

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