The Office of Army Reserve History is the proponent agency for the Military History Detachment (MHD) Course.
The MHD Course (MHDC) is a two phase course. MHDC Phase 1 is a Distance Learning (DL) course available online with the Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) website. The MHD Course Phase 2 is conducted at the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center (ARRTC), Fort Knox, Kentucky. The Center for Military History (CMH) and ARRTC are responsible for Army MHD and unit historian training, which is battle-focused and uses METL-based standards from Army doctrine and real world experiences from subject matter experts (SMEs) that have been in a contingency operation.
The MHDC Phase 1 is a five (5) hour self-paced course that provides a broad overview of military terminology, tactics, graphics, and types of operations. This is a prerequisite to the MHDC Phase 2.
The MHDC Phase 2 is an forty (40) hour in-person interactive course that provides a thorough coverage of the basic concepts and techniques involved in collecting military history on the modern battlefield (historical methodology, oral history, and historical documents, artifacts, and photographic collection). Through a hands-on systematic approach personnel from all military service branches (Active, Reserve, and National Guard), as well as Department of Defense (DOD) civilians receive training on the critical skills required to perform their duties as a Combat Historian.
Upon successful completion of the course, graduates of the MHDC will receive a certificate of graduation and will be fully qualified to execute the critical duties required for conducting military history collection missions both as an individual and as a member of a unit. In addition, the course will be reflected in the officer and enlisted iPerms as well as their Officer/Enlisted Records Brief. Officers that have over ## college accredited hours in History will be granted the 5X Skill Identifier. Enlisted that have over ## college accredited hours of History will receive the 6W Skill Identifier.
Combat Historians that are assigned to MHD’s will be scheduled and required to participate as a unit in a Combat Training Center (CTC) rotation and, or, at a US Army Reserve Warrior Exercise prior to being deployed as an MHD or as a Unit Historian.
Personnel attending the MHDC must have a “SECRET” or higher clearance.
Students are required to be familiar with the following references prior to attendance:
1. FM 1-02.1: Operational Terms and Graphics (09 Mar 2021)
2. ATP 1-20: Military History Operations (09 Jun 2014)
3. ADP 3-0: Operations (31 Jul 2019)
4. ADP 3-90: Offense and Defense (31 Jul 2019)
5. AR 870-5: Military History: Responsibilities, Policies, and Procedures (16 Sep 2021)
6. AR 870-20: Army Museums Enterprise and Army Artifact Collection (27 Jun 2022)
The MHD Course evolved from the Combat Historian School and was accredited by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) in June 2008.