This provides an opportunity to train soldier and small-unit
collective tasks although the battalion is in a support cycle. By managing
in this manner, the commander has developed and implemented a time
management system. The following lists the characteristics of a three-cycle
system known as Green-Amber-Red.
Green Period (Prime-Time Training)
o Training focus is primarily on soldier, leader, and collective
tasks integrated through multiechelon training.
o All soldiers attend mission essential training.
o Period coincides with availability of major resources, such as
maneuver training areas (MTAs), local training areas (LTAs),
and key training facilities or devices.
o There is maximum elimination of administrative and support
training, to include limited appointments, leaves, passes, or
Amber Period (Mission)
o Section, squad, crew, leader, and soldier training is
o Time is provided for soldier attendance at education and
o Some sub-organizations may schedule collective training.
o Scheduled periodic maintenance services are performed.
o Selected leaders and soldiers are diverted to support
organizations in the red period are completely committed to
deployment readiness exercise (EDRE).
Red Period (Support)
o Sub-organizations take advantage of all training opportunities
to conduct soldier, leader, and crew training.
o Support missions and details, such as burial detail, are
accomplished with unit integrity to exercise the chain of
command and provide soldier training opportunities for leaders
as time permits.
o Leaves and passes are maximized.
When appropriate, block
leave may be scheduled.