8 Step Training Model Army

Updated: Jan 5

A vastly underutilized planning strategy for training within the Army is the 8 step training model. I wasn't introduced to this model until after being an NCO for a few years. I had completed concept of operations (CONOP) sheets before and thought that was a perfectly adequate form of preparing for an event. It wasn't until I started interacting with the HHC commander more while preparing for battalion level events that I was introduced to the 8 step training model.

Prior to this point, most of the events that I planned were platoon or lower level so we didn't have to brief much. The events we worked were usually within our own footprint and didn't have to resource or coordinate much of anything from an outside source. As we started planning larger events for the whole platoon that had direct affects on the battalion and required coordination with several outside entities, the need for something more than a CONOP changed. Our commander, at this point, instructed us to submit both a CONOP and 8 step training model. The event we were planning for was a platoon competition which required many resources outside of the unit footprint and blocked off the schedule for several battalion assets for a few days.

This provided a much greater need for additional planning and coordination for the event. In comes the 8 step training model. I was given a template slide to use for briefing the model and set off to follow the steps. This model provides a great step by step process to follow to plan, execute, and assess an event. Here are the steps:

8 Step Training Model Template
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Ft. Benning Slide 1 (army.mil)

You can see here that there are several questions or considerations to address in each step to prepare you adequately for the upcoming event. Download this template below.

The 8 step training model is referenced in FM 7-0 Train to Win in a Complex World. Though it doesn't have a graphic and checklist like seen above, the field manual discusses each step and how it works within Army processes. Even if you don't use the 8 Step training model, you probably follow most of the steps in your own way. In my experience, the most commonly missed steps are train the trainers, evaluate, and retrain.

When preparing for our competition, the commander asked me "how did you certify your trainers?" this confused me. We were doing a competition that used tasks from our MOS and basic Soldier skills to assess point and rank teams. What kind of certification did we need? He continued to ask though. "What makes your personnel certified to grade or assess others in this task?" By completing AIT and being certified as a Soldier and MOS qualified, I thought.