Common Tasks Testing, The Army’s “Everybody” Requirement

From the desk of JC Dodge

While Speaking with Concerned American from WRSA the other night, he asked me about the validity of putting out a checklist of skills that originate in the “Common Tasks/Skill Level 1” (now called “Warrior Skills Level 1”) manual that the US Army uses. After thinking about it, I decided to go through the PDF Table of Contents, and highlight what I thought were important skills for the Survivalist/ NPT Member to concentrate on. For the last two years, I have concentrated most of my class time on the Rural Buddy Team Essentials Course (RBTEC), because the Buddy Team is not only the core building block of any martial group (Techniques of movement, etc. are usually the same, just on a larger scale with the bigger groups), but is also what I believe is the most realistic, when it comes to how many people you will have to work with (apparently, some other trainers are now seeing the reality of that, and are jumping on that bandwagon).

So here goes. The skills I believe you should concentrate on are highlighted in yellow, and I will make notes below or in the screenshot where I feel it is appropriate (they will be in black after the task listing, or in red if it needs explanation). Keep in mind, that if you know someone that served in the US Army, they had to test on this every year in their respective units. This isn’t just an “Infantry?Combat Arms” thing.


The Burns debacle proved that interacting (or not) with media is an important skill. Code of Conduct is basic Ethics and Morality on the battlefield.














Here’s the link again if you missed it above,%20Warrior%20Skills,%20Level%201.pdf

Most of these are the basic tasks a member of the US Army has to perform to pass Common Tasks Testing every year. Infantry personnel have to perform the CTT, then do their eval on their own MOS skillsets, which are related to your position/level in the Unit ( Level 1- Enlisted E1-E4, Level 2 E5/Team Leader, Level 3/E6 Squad Leader, Level 4 E7/Platoon Sgt) . If you can’t show proficiency in the common tasks of First Aid, Commo,  Land Nav, Movement as a Buddy Team and in a patrol, and proficient accurate use of your primary weapon, when even a Dental Hygienist in the Army has to do it every year, how do you plan on functioning in an “Infantry” type role?

Find a friend that has an Army or Marine Corps background (I’m using the US Army, because that is what I know and understand what their requirements are, and I know the Marine Corps consider everyone a “Rifleman first”), and ask them to help you become proficient. I don’t know what basic Air Force and Navy teaches everybody, and that’s why I haven’t recommended them. They would be on a case by case basis, and their job in their respective service would be the indicator of the knowledge you seek (example: Security Forces, Para Rescue, Combat Control, or SERE in the Air Force, and Pilot, SEAL, SWCC, or SERE in the Navy comes to mind).

Either continue making excuses for doing little or nothing of substance in your preparations (“Mom, the bad man called me a child!”), or get it done! You have no one to blame but yourself if you’re not even a speed bump in the thugs movement to power. For God’s sake, at least be a Damned speed bump, you owe your family that much. Train and Prepare yourself Spiritually, Mentally and Physically, and get your logistics in order.


American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE






18 thoughts on “Common Tasks Testing, The Army’s “Everybody” Requirement

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  3. Thanks for this. I developed my own awhile back based off other sources, but I think I will spend some time looking at this to see what I can add. I do like the fact that this all came from one source, whereas my own has about 6 sources. Want a million dollar idea? Turn this into a video series. Think Magpul DVD’s, but with more substance. I know it wouldn’t be a replacement for actual 1 on 1 training, but considering Magpul seemed to make firearms training more mainstream after their DVD’s came out, it could be that way for tactical training as well. We can all read about things in books, but having a visual that is cohesive to your reading is definitely better. Not to mention it would give the prior service force multiplier guys a good training aid to help get their civilian neighbors spun up. Just a thought.

  4. Another thing to note, is that this manual follows the “Task – Condition – Standard” format of training. I have found that it is a useful method of developing your own training as well. Define the Task, give the Conditions under which to perform the task, and then a Standard you want to achieve.

  5. Raven,thanks for the link,a whole lot of info. that one can research/apply to their own growth.

    JD,while I realise many vets willing to share with open minded individuals after me buddy and his trials would be something one should approach with a bit of care.I would never ask him as it took a lot of friends/fellow vets(some friends/some strangers)/folks at the VA(there are some good ones there)to help him find his strength and get back in the groove as it were.I would perhaps just ask about say some physical training and if they are willing and start sharing more,great.

    I will say some guys eager to share,another friend with a few tours when he found out I had lost 9 friends including me dad in less then 2 years wanted me to travel and see him and visit with a group of vets he gets together with once a month,they do have fun together but also discuss how they deal/get thru tough times.I thanked him but said didn’t seem right as not a vet,he brought up at next get together and said I am more then welcome by all the folks there.This is a offer I appreciate(and perhaps need),look forward to meeting them but not the time to bring up something like that.

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  7. Basic proficiency in the Navy is oriented towards shipboard stuff, like fighting fires, plugging holes, shoring up bulkheads, and tying knots. The only area where basic skills intersect in a Army/Navy comparison is basic first aid, and even then I would say that the Army SOP are more advanced. For example, it is still doctrine for shipboard first aid that tourniquets are a tool of last resort. The various standard issue Army tourniquets are not even available as general issue.
    For your typical average Navy veteran, they would be starting from scratch when it comes to basic infantry skills, unless they were a SeeBee, or Naval Special Warfare (SWCC, EOD, etc.). You might run across an occasional cross service vet, or someone who learned stuff on their own time, but other than that, all you should really expect from a standard issue Navy vet is how to put out a fire, and how to use Scott Air Packs. Even the small arms training provided is perfunctory at best. It certainly won’t extend to malfunction clearance, or basic maintenance.

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