The Army's basic mission is to train and prepare Soldiers, leaders, and units to fight and win in combat. As explained in the Army's capstone training doctrine (FM 7-0), units do not have the time or the resources to achieve and sustain proficiency on every possible training task. Therefore, commanders must identify the tasks that are the units’ critical wartime tasks. These tasks then become the unit's mission essential task list (METL). Commanders use the METL to develop their unit-training plan. Noncommissioned officers (NCOs) plan the individual training that Soldiers need to become warriors and to accomplish the METL. The Soldier training publications (STPs), also known as Soldier’s manuals (SMs), provide the critical individual tasks for each military occupational specialty (MOS) that support the unit's full spectrum of missions. The NCO leadership uses the tasks in the SMs to train the Soldiers and measure the Soldier’s proficiency on these unit-critical tasks. The manuals provide task performance and evaluation criteria and are the basis for individual training and evaluation in the unit and for task-based evaluation during resident training.


Note: The Army identified warrior tasks and battle drills that enhance a Soldier’s readiness to fight on the battlefield. Standards remain constant but commanders must be aware that the enemy adapts quickly and Soldier training will change more rapidly because of current operational environments.




This Soldier’s Manual of Common Tasks (SMCT), Warrior Skill Level (SL) 1, contains the individual tasks that are essential to the Army's ability to win on the modern battlefield. In an operational environment, regardless of job or individual MOS, each Soldier risks exposure to hostile actions. This manual contains the warrior skills that Soldiers must be able to perform to fight, survive, and win in combat.