Military Police

SPRING 2014

Military Police contains information about military police functions in maneuver and mobility support, area security, law and order, internment/resettlement, and police intelligence operations.

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32 MILITARY POLICE . 19-14-1 an opportunity to clearly identify roles and responsibilities, discuss the MDMP, and build products before the LTP rotation. Preparation, LTP, and the upcoming CERTEX operations refect the traditional crawl-walk-run training concept, which works well with a junior staff. Improvement Due to the worldwide distribution of CID battalion agents, not all battalion staff members were able to attend the LTP rotation. The most notable absence was that of the criminal intelligence analyst. The participation of criminal intelligence analysts in the LTP rotation and the MDMP process would help improve the staff understanding of real-world criminal activity and provide greater insight into the unique role of criminal intelligence analysts and the support they provide within the theater. The information provided by the criminal intelligence analyst would greatly enhance the understanding of the operational environment and operational risks and improve the course-of-action development process. The LTP does not generally include a white cell; however, additional group staff members—such as subject matter experts in specifc warfghting functions or unit members currently stationed downrange—should be integrated. The integration of additional subject matter experts to mentor and assist junior staff members and the integration of unit representatives who are currently deployed to answer requests for information would improve the overall training effect. If this is not possible, a request for support from the unit that most recently returned from theater may be another viable option for providing greater insight into the administrative and logistic systems used throughout the theater. Fortunately, such a partnership will occur during the CERTEX. Future Possibilities The LTP served as a dynamic, adaptable training resource capable of meeting the needs of a CID headquarters deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, while also framing the operational environment. The training event, which was commander-driven and tailored to meet the needs of the specifc unit and staff, included a deliberate MDMP exercise in an environment of nonattribution. The after action reviews conducted throughout the exercise "help[ed] commanders and their [staffs] learn to improve and sustain unit performance through the process of self-discovery" 6 and also helped build confdence and teamwork. Given the benefts gained from the LTP, the 3d Military Police Group will now coordinate LTP rotations for all units. The group will also seek ways to integrate units, detachments, and agents into echelon-above- brigade force packages and multiechelon warfghter exercises hosted by combat training centers to more closely refect real-world operational support and to improve the training and education of CID battalion agents and staffs and area coordination center/maneuver unit staffs. 7 The group must also look for ways to foster an expanded expeditionary mind-set. The local continuation of operations, critical-incident response teams, and battle command training center rotations enable units to focus, once again, on expeditionary requirements and to remind leaders of the challenges of operating in an austere environment. While all units conduct annual emergency response exercises, battalion and group staffs must continue to evolve by pushing beyond the minimum training requirements to truly test their resiliency and expeditionary capabilities. The LTP is a means of forcing units and staffs to disconnect, to jump the tactical operations center, and to focus on operational requirements and leader development. By integrating CID elements into all facets of the combat training center collective training, the 3d Military Police Group can exercise and improve expeditionary capabilities at multiple echelons while enhancing relationships and support provided to senior mission commanders. 8 The LTP was critical to the advancement of individual leaders and the collective staff of the 502d Military Police Battalion. While the LTP rotation illustrated that "practice is tougher than the game," the 502d persevered and achieved its training objectives. 9 And the benefts of the LTP rotation will continue to add up as the 502d conducts its PDSS, participates in a predeployment CERTEX, and leverages lessons learned and newfound skills while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom during fscal year 2014. Furthermore, as a result of the success of this frst LTP rotation for a CID battalion, the 3d Military Police Group plans to send all subordinate battalions to LTP rotations at Fort Polk or request training support from LTP mobile training teams, allowing battalions to improve their mission command and staff skills. The group staff will also seek echelons-above-brigade/ multiechelon warfghter training opportunities. In addition, the group RC counterpart battalions—the 133d and 759th Military Police Battalions—are now actively searching for their own opportunities to implement similar training activities. Summary The inaugural CID battalion LTP rotation was a true success. The training event represented one of several critical opportunities to prepare the 502d Military Police Battalion for its upcoming deployment. The LTP enabled the battalion to achieve its training objectives and to expand its understanding of the operating environment, the mission set expected to be encountered in-theater, and the MDMP. The event also enabled members of the battalion to grow as individuals and as a staff. The LTP is expected to become a critical training opportunity for all 3d Military Police Group subordinate and RC counterpart battalions. By applying the lessons learned before and during the 502d training event, the group staff and LTP coaches will continue to refne the training products in order to test and improve the mission command, leadership skills, and expeditionary mind-set of each battalion so that the "practice is tougher than the game." 10 Endnotes: 1 "JRTC Leader Training Program," Information Briefng, JRTC, Fort Polk, Louisiana, 8 August 2013, slide 3. 2 Michael Barbee, "The CTC Program: Leading the March Into the Future," Military Review, July–August 2013, pp. 16–22. 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