U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command was created on July 1st, 1973 under General William E. DePuy, who commanded a battalion in the 90th Infantry Division in World War II and led the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam.
Under General DePuy, TRADOC fundamentally transformed the Army into the best trained, equipped, led, and organized modern land power in the world. Today, TRADOC sustains its proud legacy of shaping the Army through four primary functions:
- We recruit and train Soldiers, and support unit training
- We develop adaptive leaders - both Soldier and Civilian
- We guide the Army through doctrine
- We shape the Army by building and integrating formations, capabilities, and materiel
Now at Fort Eustis, TRADOC executes its mission through six major subordinate centers and commands:
- Army Capabilities Integration Center (Fort Eustis)
- Combined Arms Center (Fort Leavenworth)
- Initial Military Training (Fort Eustis)
- Combined Arms Support Command (Fort Lee)
- US Army Recruiting Command (Fort Knox)
- US Army Cadet Command (Fort Knox)
TRADOC also oversees 32 Army schools organized under eight Centers of Excellence, each focused on a separate area of expertise within the Army (such as Maneuver and Signal). These Centers train over 500,000 Soldiers and service members each year.
TRADOC was borne of innovation and agility, and quickly adapts to shifting world, national, and institutional situations, in both peace and war. TRADOC's adaptive character and culture ensures our Army remains the Nation's "force of decisive action."