Tactical Decision Exercises
“The main thing is always to have a plan; if it is not the best plan, it is better than no plan at all”.
Sir John Monash
The best plan can look flawless prior to stepping off on task, until the first shot rings out and the plan falls to pieces. The best way to overcome this situation is practice and as the age old saying goes it is better to fail in peace than fail in war.
This section allows for professional development in a post-H situation without the added stresses of real life consequences.
An advanced element of the Musorian Armed Forces (MAF) has been deployed to Hobart, Tasmania as a probing force IOT establish a strong point and secure the landing of follow on forces. The Brigade sized probing force has been given authority from the Musorian Government to clear and secure the two main airports in Tasmania, Hobart and Launceston. Upon their success the rest of the Division will follow and establish bases in the airports allowing for the landing of the MAF Expeditionary Force.
Our TDE’s have been designed so that you can flow through them. Follow the steps below to get the most out of our TDE’s.
Select your Operation
You currently have one operations to choose from, Musorian Invasion. In the future when there are multiple operations to choose from, each will have a different enemy picture with unique missions. Read the descriptions and choose the Operation you would like. Once you have entered the Operation, read and get a good understanding of the situation briefs so you can make the best assessment when completing the exercise.
Select your Unit
Inside each Operation will be multiple units to choose from. You can read the brief description beneath each and choose the one that sparks your fancy. Once you have chosen, be sure to read the orders and jot down the information that you believe will be important.
Select your Mission
Now that you have filled you head with the Rules, Operational situation and your units orders , it is now time to find out the sticky situation you have gotten yourself into. You can conduct a TDE from a patrol commander, sergeant or section commander, select which one you would like to take part in, read your situation and complete the task.
The unique aspect about our TDE’s is that you can receive feedback on the orders you write from your peers, and those with vast experience. This is done as a reply to the thread that is created when you submit your work. The points will be constructive, as per the rules in the next tab, take the feedback on board and apply them to your next TDE.
What you get out of these TDE’s will equal what you put in. There are some basic rules that Junior Tactician requires you to self manage, follow them and get the most out of our TDE’s.
The following rules apply to the conduct of the scenario:
- Do not copy somebody else’s work, other users orders are visible as comments below the scenario. You can use them as ideas to contribute to your own, but have integrity and write your own orders.
- Do not have multiple windows with the situation briefs and mission orders open to refer to when writing your orders. The purpose of these TDE’s is to train you prioritization of information and you ability to filter relevant and irrelevant information from you mind.
The following rules apply to the provision of feedback to others:
- Feedback must be relevant and courteous. This website is here for the professional development of others, not to provide a place to bully and belittle.
- Users are taking time out of their day to provide feedback for your development, acknowledge and take on board their advice, even if you think you will not use it. Not everybody works the same way.
- It is encouraged that you include your RANK and CORPS at the bottom of your reply. This will help legitimise and provide context to your advice.
Here is some extra material that may help you to make a decision during your scenario.
Laws of armed conflict (LOAC)
The Geneva Convention and treaties are a big part of international law towards the treatment and conduct during war. The International Committee of the Red Cross provides some excellent material in understanding LOAC.
The Musorian Armed Forces are the Australian doctrinal enemy to aid in training. Our TDE’s use the same enemy, so you can use the following publications to aid in understanding how your enemy may react to your decisions.
These publications and others can be found on the Australian Army Doctrine website.