Training and Doctrine Command
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Founded1 July 1973
Country United States
Branch United States Army
TypeArmy command
RoleRecruit, train, and educate soldiers[citation needed]
Garrison/HQFort Eustis
Commanding GeneralGEN Gary M. Brito
Deputy Commanding GeneralLTG Maria R. Gervais
Command Sergeant MajorCSM Raymond S. Harris
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The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) is a major command of the United States Army headquartered at Fort Eustis, Virginia. It is charged with overseeing training of Army forces and the development of operational doctrine. TRADOC operates 37 schools and centers at 27 different locations. TRADOC schools conduct 1,304 courses and 108 language courses. The 1,304 courses include 516,000 seats (resident, on-site and distributed learning) for 443,231 soldiers; 36,145 other-service personnel; 8,314 international soldiers; and 28,310 civilians.

The current commanding general of TRADOC summarizes its function as an organization to design, develop, and build[1] the Army.[2] Thus, three major commands of the Army (TRADOC, FORSCOM, and AMC) shape its present "men and materiel".[2][3]


The official mission statement for TRADOC states:

Training and Doctrine Command develops, educates and trains Soldiers, civilians, and leaders; supports unit training; and designs, builds and integrates a versatile mix of capabilities, formations, and equipment to strengthen the U.S. Army as America's Force of Decisive Action.[4]


General Creighton Abrams, Chief of Staff of the US Army, identified that the Army needed to be reoriented and retrained to counter the conventional threat of the Soviets and ordered the establishment of Training and Doctrine Command.[5] TRADOC was established as a major U.S. Army command on 1 July 1973; it first chief was William Depuy.[6]

The new command, along with the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), was created from the Continental Army Command (CONARC) located at Fort Monroe, Virginia. That action was the major innovation in the Army's post-Vietnam reorganization, in the face of realization that CONARC's obligations and span of control were too broad for efficient focus. The new organization functionally realigned the major Army commands in the continental United States. CONARC, and Headquarters, U.S. Army Combat Developments Command (CDC), situated at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, were discontinued, with TRADOC and FORSCOM at Fort Belvoir assuming the realigned missions. TRADOC assumed the combat developments mission from CDC, took over the individual training mission formerly the responsibility of CONARC, and assumed command from CONARC of the major Army installations in the United States housing Army training center and Army branch schools. FORSCOM assumed CONARC's operational responsibility for the command and readiness of all divisions and corps in the continental U.S. and for the installations where they were based.

Joined under TRADOC, the major Army missions of individual training and combat developments each had its own lineage. The individual training responsibility had belonged, during World War II, to Headquarters Army Ground Forces (AGF). In 1946, numbered army areas were established in the U.S. under AGF command. At that time, the AGF moved from Washington, D.C. to Fort Monroe. In March 1948, the AGF was replaced at Fort Monroe with the new Office, Chief of Army Field Forces (OCAFF). OCAFF, however, did not command the training establishment. That function was exercised by Headquarters, Department of the Army through the numbered armies to the corps, division, and Army Training Centers. In February 1955, HQ Continental Army Command (CONARC) replaced OCAFF, assuming its missions as well as the training missions from DA. In January, HQ CONARC was redesignated U.S. Continental Army Command. Combat developments emerged as a formal Army mission in the early 1950s, and OCAFF assumed that role in 1952. In 1955, CONARC assumed the mission. In 1962, HQ U.S. Army Combat Development Command (CDC) was established to bring the combat developments function under one major Army command.[7]


Core function leads

Centers of excellence



Main article: Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command

The current Commanding General is GEN Gary Brito. The Command Sergeant Major is currently CSM Raymond S. Harris.

See also

U.S. Armed Forces training and education commands


  1. ^ usnavalwarcollege (2 November 2015). "Lecture of Opportunity – Gen. David G. Perkins: The Army Operating Concept". Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 2 April 2018 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ a b David G. Perkins, TRADOC Priorities
  3. ^ US Army TRADOC (17 March 2016). "Perkins reviews AOC, Big 8 from TRADOC's perspective". Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 2 April 2018 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "Command overview brief" (PDF). U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 April 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  5. ^ Christian, MAJ Joshua T. (23 May 2019). An Examination of Force Ratios (PDF). Fort Leavenworth, KS: US Army Command and General Staff College.Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army.
  6. ^ DiMarco, Lou (6 May 2021). "Donn Starry, Active Defense, and AirLand Battle". The Dole Institute of Politics. YouTube.
  7. ^ TRADOC Military History – FAQs. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
  1. Fact Sheet
  2. Organization Chart
  3. TRADOC Website Archived 10 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Joint Base Langley - Eustis