TAC staff train to standardize evaluations of Cadets

By Alexandra Kocik
U.S. Army Cadet Command Public Affairs

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — “An Army leader is anyone who by virtue of assumed role or assigned responsibility inspires and influences people to accomplish organizational goals,” according to Field Manual 6-22 (FM 6-22), a guide to Army leadership.

The Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) measures Cadets’ potential to be leaders in the military. The leadership development staff holds mandatory classes to ensure cadre use standardized leadership and evaluation methods to assess Cadets’ progress through LDAC. They hold Tactical Officer (TAC) staff school to calibrate cadre members responsible for evaluating platoons. Each platoon has a TAC, a lieutenant and a noncommissioned officer who are in charge of assessing their Cadets. Qualified assessors are also assigned to the various training committees to evaluate Cadets.

“Our goal is to standardize the training process Cadets will go through during their time at LDAC by training cadre,” Rich Garn, a TAC trainer said.

The two-day program for cadre is an important step toward ensuring all Cadets are treated equally. This is no easy task with 1,470 cadre assessing 6,415 Cadets over the 90-day evaluation course, the staff said.

“Everyone comes from different backgrounds. Some people have experience with how we do things out here and some people do not,” Capt. Matthew Rawlings, a cadre trainee, said. “This training gets everyone on the same sheet of music and moving forward.”

Cadre and Cadets are taught the fundamentals of leadership based on FM 6-22 and the Leadership Development Program (LDP) handbook at their educational institutions. This program ensures cadre return to their schools with knowledge of the standardized procedures used at LDAC, said Maj. Michael Minaudo, a senior instructor for the TAC Staff School.

Field Manual 6-22, last updated in 2006, lays out what is expected of leaders within the Army for civilians, noncommissioned officers and officers. The tenets of this document provide the basis for TAC training at LDAC, according to Michael Miles, a military science instructor on the staff.

“It’s important to have a standardized process that people can come up and sit through, discuss their opinions of that effectiveness, and standardize across the board what’s reasonably expected of both Cadets and cadre,” Miles said.

Field Manual 6-22 defines how a person in charge should effectively lead; that it’s important to create a positive environment, clear means of communication, ways to develop different personalities and ways to measure results. These principles are part of leadership training for all levels of the Army and are especially important during LDAC.

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