3. Appreciate Conditions. Consider, comprehend,
and appreciate the effects Conditions have on performance. Changing Conditions also alter risk.
Standards cannot be set in a vacuum. Page
A-3 of the UJTL notes: “standards, when linked to conditions, provide a basis for planning,
conducting, and evaluating military operations as well as training events.”
Conditions matter: both in terms of how we prepare and train for mission success, and in terms of how we approach
the expected environment we actually will face. METL conditions are chosen by “relevance”- either the selected
condition bounds the range of the expected operational environment, or the condition affects achievement of the stated performance
To understand the effects of
conditions, consider the following example. A ship must be able to recover a man overboard, even in extreme conditions of
winds, seas and darkness. In that case, recovering the man without sustaining any other losses might be a good standard. However,
in designing a training performance standard, the standard of recovering the simulated man overboard in less than 10 minutes
is predicated on a more benign condition set.
let’s evaluate two ships in a training environment:
The first has
a clear day with almost perfect seas and very light winds. It maneuvers to recover the “man” in 9 1/2 minutes.
The second runs its drill near dusk, with 5-7 foot seas and NW winds at 15-18 knots. It also meets the less than
10-minute standard, barely at 9:58.
ship is more ready? Under the old system, both look equal. Each met the standard; however, the second ship met the standard
in a more challenging environment. Should it get greater credit for its achievement in a higher level of difficulty?
Readiness expectations should
consider the effect not only of the conditions under which a unit gains task execution experience, but also be able to predict
expected performance levels as the condition set changes.
the old paradigm of readiness reporting, we said we were “ready” if we had all the resources aligned for success
-“SORTS” is input-measures based. Under the MET-based readiness approach, we describe our readiness
to meet performance standards. We still employ resources, but also have developed ways to link these resource requirements
with performance expectations to provide the confidence that we can meet the standard.