About Us "First in Training"
Our Purpose:  Be trainers of choice, regardless of component, worldwide.

MISSION: The 108th TC (IET) mans, trains, equips, and deploys Drill Sergeants, ROTC Adjunct Faculty, and Cadet Summer Training capabilities to support total Army force generation objectives and, on order, provides up to division-level command and control capabilities.

To be the premiere U.S. Army Training Command, providing expert force-generating, operational and strategic military training capabilities.  As the force of choice, we deliver subject matter experts globally in support of contingency, stability, and partnership operations throughout a multi-agency and multi-national environment.


While the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) belongs to the U.S. Army Reserve, it is operationally controlled by Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), which conducts Initial Military Training for both officers and enlisted Soldiers; supports CIMT, the ATCs, and USACC which includes support to more than 150 colleges and universities.

The 108th TC supports two of TRADOC’s five core function leads: the Center for Initial Military Training and Cadet Command—providing professionally trained and ready drill sergeant units, instructors, leader trainers, and command expertise to conduct Initial Entry Training, Cadet Training, and Theater Security Cooperation Training.

The 108th has been instrumental in providing quality training to Soldiers from all Army components for more than 60 years.

Fewer than 5,000 federal Soldiers comprise the elite Drill Sergeants corps tasked with preparing the future force—nearly a million strong—to decisively engage and defend the Nation against current and emerging threats.

Fewer still are part of the select group charged with training the best of the best at the United States Army Drill Sergeant School at Fort Jackson, S.C. The 108th TC (Initial Entry Training) is the only command in the Army Reserve with drill sergeant positions.

The 108th TC focuses on turning citizens into Warriors nationwide. Re-designated in 2008, the unit focuses on training initial entry Soldiers and ROTC and U.S. Military Academy cadets.

It is recognized as a leader in pioneering, developing, and refining training methods and policies, such as the One Army School System, for the Total Army.

108th Training Command History
The 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) is a premiere U.S. Army Reserve command focused on turning citizens into warriors nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the 108th is one of the largest training commands in the U.S. Army Reserve today.

Activated as the 108th Airborne Division after World War II (1946), the "Golden Griffons" were originally headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The division was called the Golden Griffons because of its initial air-ground mission. Griffons are legendary animals from Greek mythology that are half-lion and half-eagle that were known for their courage and ferocity. Griffons were so feared by ancient people that rulers of Asian provinces used them to guard their vast treasures. 
Over its 60-year history, the 108th Division frequently has been called upon to pilot several new missions for the Army and Army Reserve. Over the years, the division has played an important role in pioneering and developing several training methods and policies still in use today.

In 1952, the division was reorganized into an infantry division and its headquarters was moved to its present location in Charlotte, North Carolina with all its subordinate units located in either North or South Carolina. In 1954, the division helped test a new method of rifle qualification known as "trainfire." In 1956, the division was selected to serve as a prototype for an Army Training Division. This meant reorganizing again to conduct basic and advanced individual training, should the division be called to active duty.
In the 1960's, the division established its own drill sergeant school patterned after the active component school. In 1968, the 108th Division was restructured under its current brigade concept. During the Vietnam era, 108th Division soldiers during annual training were used to conduct interim training for soldiers waiting to begin basic training. In the 1980's the division developed an updated and more practical mobilization plan. During those same years the division began conducting basic training by ourselves at Fort Jackson under new Mobilization Army Training Center and Provisional Training concepts.
In January of 1991, more than 300 108th Division soldiers were called to active duty to support Operation Desert Storm, marking the first mobilization ever for members of the 108th Division. Our soldiers assisted in the retraining of individual soldiers at Fort Jackson who were called back to military duty. In late 1993, the 108th Division accepted the mission to pilot a new concept in Army training called Future Army Schools Twenty-first Century. This not only expanded the geographic size of the 108th Division to add the states of Georgia and Florida, but added 10 new US Army Reserve Forces Schools to the division's force structure. Those schools were later reorganized into functionally-aligned school brigades.
This gave the 108th Division an exciting new mission. While keeping our mission of conducting initial entry training for new soldiers entering the Army, we now conduct specialized skill training for thousands of soldiers, both officers and enlisted, in the southeastern part of the United States.
In 1996 the 108th Division was assigned another completely new mission to conduct Reserve Officer Training Corps training at three colleges and universities in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. That program has been expanded nationally. In October 1998, 108th Division assumed command and control of the former 265th US Army Forces School in Puerto Rico, which added an 8th Brigade. In 2001, the ROTC structure was officially designated the Division's 9th Brigade. In 2004, a reorganization of the Army Reserve resulted in the 108th Division expanding into Alabama and Mississippi.
Between 2001 and 2007 over 2,000 Soldiers from the 108th have mobilized and deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The 108th is in the middle of its biggest mobilization in history. Almost 1,000 Soldiers from across the United States are deployed to Iraq and Kuwait to help train, maintain, and sustain Iraqi Security and Police Forces as part of the military’s exit strategy from Iraq. 
The 108th Division had 4,000 soldiers assigned to units over 300,000 square miles in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Puerto Rico in 23 cities and towns. 

In Oct. 2008 the 108th Division (IT) became the 108th Training Command (IET). As of December 2009 the 108th had three subordinate commands, the 95th Training Division (IET) the 98th Training Division (IET) and the 104th Training Division (LT).

The 108th will focus solely on training initial entry Soldiers. 

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