FA 57:Simulation Operations (FA57) officers provide the Total Army with a technically educated and tactically grounded cadre of officers specializing in the core areas of Modeling and Simulation Operations (M&S), Mission Command Systems Integration and Operational Knowledge Management (KM). FA57 officers possess the unique skill set required to carry out the Army Training Strategy directives, incorporate the Integrated Training Environment (ITE) and U.S. Army Learning Concept. FA57 officers integrate Army Mission Command Systems to invigorate home station training and optimize resources to confront the increasingly complex environment and uncertain future. FA57 officers assist commanders to accomplish diverse training objectives by leveraging virtual and constructive capabilities to produce operationally ready and adaptable leaders and forces.
During the "reset / train" as well as the "ready" phases of the ARFORGEN cycle, the FA57 is primarily utilized as a trainer in support of mission preparation and Mission Rehearsal Exercises (MRE/MRX). In the "available" phase of the ARFORGEN cycle, the FA57 not only serves as a trainer, but performs as the Battle Command Officer (BCO) or Knowledge Management Officer (KMO) translating information into operational knowledge. FA57s exercise the related tasks and systems that develop and integrate [cross functional] activities enabling a commander to balance the art of command and the science of control in order to integrate the other warfighting functions. FA57s are grounded by doctrine in the ADP/ADRP 3-0, 5-0, 6-0, 7-0 series, FM 6-0.1 and consistently leverage Unit Training Management systems and concepts in every position to which they are assigned.
FA57 currently has 304 authorizations in the Active Army and 209 in the Reserve Component (both in the generating and operational force) with ranks ranging from Captain to Colonel. The makeup of the FA57 officer population includes 81% from Maneuver, Fires, and Effects Branches with 35% of those officers having Combat Training Center (CTC) Observer Controller experience.
Education & Training:
- Qualification Course
- Intermediate Level Education/Advanced Operations Warfighting Course
- School for Advanced Military Studies
- Advanced Civil Schooling
- Army Modeling and Simulation School
- Army M&S Competency Development
- Army Competency Development Web site
Personnel Authorizations (CAC access only)