Sergeant's Time Training, or STT, is mandatory weekly training that develops the leadership skills of first-line supervisors and provides Mission Essential Task List training to soldiers. METL tasks are combat-oriented tasks that a unit needs to perform well to be considered combat ready. Field Manual 7-22.7, Appendix A, outlines the requirements of STT.
What STT Is
As Field Manual 7-22.7 states, STT is a hands-on approach to training designed to "bring training publications or Technical Manuals to life and to develop the trust between leader and led to ensure success in combat." Because soldiers in a typical unit are often out of their unit areas for other duties, STT provides a period of time when all soldiers are available for training. The Army dictates that STT will be done on Thursdays between 7 a.m. and noon. Unit leaders are required to ensure all their soldiers attend training.
Who Conducts STT
The primary trainers for STT are the first-line leaders. These junior non-commissioned officers receive the Mission Essential Task List and the resources needed to conduct the training from the unit officers. Trainers concentrate on ensuring each soldier meets the standard of the training task.
Role of Senior Non-Commissioned Officers
Because one of the objectives of STT is to develop leadership skills in junior non-commissioned officers, the senior non-commissioned officers in the unit should not be conducting the training. Their tasks are to support, observe and provide guidance to the trainers.
What Training Occurs During STT
Specific training subjects are determined based on the unit's overall ability to perform Mission Essential Task List tasks. Task performance that needs improvement is given priority. Even though STT is conducted for five hours each week, the training is conducted to meet performance standards, not time requirements. Rifle-range exercises, physical training, equipment maintenance and unit inventories are examples of unit events that are not considered Sergeant's Time Training. While these tasks are necessary, they are not combat-related.
Elements of Training
For each task, the trainer should display in writing the name of the task, the conditions for performing it and the proficiency standards. These three elements provide a focus for the trainer and the soldiers.
- Field Manual 7-22.7, The Army Noncommissioned Officer Guide; Department of the Army; 2002
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