OCT Academy teaches Soldiers how to coach, facilitate training


Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about observer-controller-trainers at the Joint Readiness Training Center.


FORT POLK, La. — Games must have rules. A simple game may have its rules printed on the game board while a complex one has its rules lined out in a booklet. Some games, like football or baseball, also use referees or umpires to help enforce the rules.

For Army units, a combat training center rotation works like a game in that it, too, has rules, and because of the complexities of this war “game,” referees are also required. They are called observer-controller-trainers, or OCTs.


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