Army is introducing a new opposing force as part of the Decisive Action Training Environment, commonly known as “DATE”. This will replace the Musorian Forces doctrine which has been used for the past few decades.
DATE will integrate a dynamic free thinking adversary. This will challenge Army to train under conditions of increased uncertainty and chaos that better simulates the real world operating environment.
“DATE is a revolution with the way Army conceptualises the enemy. This will fundamentally change the way we teach combat operations and tactics within Army.”
– COL Cree, FORCOMD Director of Training.
DATE includes the complexities of conventional, hybrid and cyber threats spanning individual and collective training. DATE is designed to enhance battlefield decision making in complex training conditions.
DATE is being incorporated in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 19 this year. Elements of 7th Brigade will be using the DATE opposing force TTPs as the first pilot of this new training system, while the 1st Brigade will be fighting this new enemy on their “Road to Ready”.
DATE has been developed by the United States Army. It has also been adopted by the Canadian and British Armies as a common training system. As Australia implements DATE, the Army will be able to train in a common scenario with our closest allies.
DATE has a message for you, the Australian Army soldier: click here to read an open letter from DATE.