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    Idaho Army National Guard's 1-204th RTI’s armor training battalion receives 100 on accreditation

    Idaho Army National Guard's 1-204th RTI’s armor training battalion receives 100 on accreditation

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    Story by Capt. Robert Taylor 

    Idaho Army National Guard

    The Idaho Army National Guard’s 1-204th Regional Training Institute (Armor) battalion received a perfect 100 percent score during its most recent accreditation inspection, a reflection of the unit’s high standard of day-to-day excellence and level of preparedness for the inspection.

    “The overall success of the battalion, including the accreditation results, is a direct reflection of the professionalism and dedication of the non-commissioned officers within this organization,” said Lt. Col. Russel Des Jardins, 1-204th (Armor) battalion commander. “Their diligence and effort were essential in achieving such a high score.”

    The unit conducts reclassification training for Soldiers in the cavalry scout (19D) and M1 armor crewman (19K) military occupational specialties as well as the Advance Leader Course for both MOSs and the commander certification courses for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and the M1A1/2 Abrams main battle tank.

    The inspection, conducted in January with the official results released mid-March, evaluated the armored training battalion of the 1-204th Regional Training Institute on seven standards: the battalion’s mission, purpose and functions; governance and administration; learning programs; institutional training and education, mission management; assessment, evaluation and effectiveness; staff and faculty; and leader development. The battalion received a perfect score in each category.

    Des Jardins said the results were reflective of the unit’s great rapport and relationship with the accreditation team and constant communications on ways to improve the unit’s training throughout the year. In addition, the accreditation team conducted a site assistance visit in August, which provided the battalion with a pre-inspection and list of necessary improvements before the official inspection. Des Jardins said the unit made all of the suggested improvements as well as additional improvements unit members identified on their own.

    The armor training battalion trains Soldiers from the Active Duty, Reserves and National Guard components. It is the only National Guard Regional Training Institute that trains both 19D and 19K Soldiers at the same location and the only training site outside of Fort Benning that provides the M1A2 commander’s certification course.

    Nearly 400 Soldiers are expected to graduate from the institute this year, which is a 20 percent increase from last year. The battalion anticipates maintaining that 20 percent increase of graduates in each of the next two training years.

    The armor training battalion also functions as the Army National Guard’s armor subject-matter experts. The unit hosts quarterly meetings with other armor training units in the National Guard and consolidates and submits suggested improvements to training courseware to the course writers.

    Though the unit received a 100 percent, it will not be considered an Institute of Excellence, an accomplishment the unit earned after its 2009, 2012 and 2015 inspections. Des Jardins said the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is currently reviewing its process for awarding institutes the Institute of Excellence designation.

    The battalion was the second battalion in the 204th Regional Training Institute to be accredited and additional battalions will be inspected throughout 2018. Its Maintenance Ordnance Training Battalion received a 99.2 on its most recent inspection, conducted in November.


    Date Taken: 04.10.2018
    Date Posted: 04.10.2018 14:36
    Story ID: 272495
    Location: BOISE, IDAHO, US

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