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First Army OC/T Academy

Mission: Shaping the Total Army Force

We cultivate expert Observer Controller/Trainers (OC/Ts) who advise leaders and assist in orchestrating the transformation of the Total Army Force. Through standardized training in Unit Training Management, After Action Reviews, partnership, readiness, and training assessments, we instill doctrinal expertise and hone essential OC/T competencies. Our warfighting advisors forge cohesive, combat-ready units prepared to deploy and achieve decisive victory.


Vision: Spearheading Total Force Readiness

We are the force’s premier Academy for the development of Observer Controller/Trainers, enabling a ready and lethal Total Force postured for large-scale combat.


Additional information

The First Army OC/T Academy is a team of professional Noncommissioned Officers who are experienced and committed to train leaders in First Army as future OC/Ts. Our mission is to teach the core competencies required of the OC/T to ensure standardization across First Army. The Academy provides a foundation to build professional development and world-class training across the force, as you train Soldiers at home station and deployment mobilization centers. The Academy is located at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois. For further information, call 309-782-9232. E-mail: usarmy.ria.first-army-hq-.mbx.oc-t-academy@army.mil

CSM Soto, First Army Academy commandant