RLTP Planning Process
E-1. Military Engineering Process
a. The RTLP planning process is a sequential six-step process:
(1) The “asset accounting” of existing training assets at a given installation or site.
(2) The “needs assessment” which includes METL requirements and an evaluation of range
conditions to perform training missions.
(3) A “comparative analysis” to determine training asset shortfall(s) or adequacy.
(4) A “requirements definition” to develop specific capabilities, characteristics, and functionality.
(5) An “alternative analysis” identifies all viable or potential alternatives; defines mission
support, environmental consequences and economic feasibility for each alternative identified; and site
planning to determine any land use conflicts or environmental impacts.
(6) The “implementation plan” identifies preferred alternatives prioritized and an implementation
timeline to establish critical milestones and resources.
(7) The requirement identified in the process culminating in the range development plan serves
as the description of the mission requirement for land in the installation Integrated Natural Resources
Management Plan (INRMP).
b. Planners (as identified in Chapter 1, paragraph 1-4) must comply with regulatory requirements,
environmental matters, and examine a variety of factors when considering a site. Specific factors,
procedures, and related policies are contained in TC 25-1 and this circular. Should the alternative require
the development of a range, see the range project development process in paragraph 3-4, AR 210-21.
Additional guidance on requirements identification and needs assessment follow.
E-2. Military Engineering Requirements Identification
a. Doctrine, force structure, weapon systems, and mission tasks are evaluated to determine the
specific requirements necessary to train soldiers and units to meet operational readiness and Army
training goals. Field Manuals provide the foundation for development of the unit METL. The following
documents will assist in identifying requirements:
(1) Field Manuals 7-0 and appropriate type FMs assist in the development of METL that focus
on those training tasks which are essential to accomplishing an organization’s wartime mission.
(2) Unit ARTEPs and CATS provide unit-training requirements to be executed in maneuver
areas and on live-fire ranges.
(3) Weapon system training strategies and standards in respective field manuals.
(4) Department of the Army Pamphlet 350-38, outlines recommended weapons training
programs, qualification standards, training ammunition, operating tempo and suggested training
(5) Support Facility Annex (SFA) to the Integrated Logistics Support Plan published by
HQUSACE identifies facility implications associated with material fielding, including training
considerations and is continuously updated as the weapon system matures. These SFAs are available to
installations and MACOM via the Programming, Administration, and Execution (PAX) system under the
Facility Planning System utility.
(6) Training Circular 25-1, this circular, and AR/DA Pam 385-63 provide guidance on site
planning, range layouts, safety standards, SDZs, standard range facilities, training land, instrumentation,
and specific weapon system requirements.
E-3. Military Engineering Needs Assessment
a. Planners must evaluate existing capabilities to meet standard training readiness requirements,
alternative methods to maximize training effectiveness, and resources (for example, ammunition, fuel,
training land and range facilities, manpower, life cycle O&M) to meet operational readiness. Inclusive is
an assessment of range and training land effectiveness, conditions, utilization factors, and environmental
influences to perform training missions. During the STRAC process, training strategies are developed
incorporating combinations of devices, simulators and live fire requirements to satisfy training proficiency
requirements in a holistic manner. Potential environmental restrictions related to range standardization or
modernization, and training land requirements must be identified during the needs assessment and may
mandate a tailored training strategy to accommodate existing training land restrictions. The following
documents will assist in assessing potential range construction and training land needs:
(1) Army Regulations 200-1, 200-3, 200-4, and 210-20, and TC 25-1 outline planning
considerations to be addressed during this assessment.
(2) Army Regulations 200-2, 415-15, 415-20, and the Master Planning Instructions outline
technical procedures for planning, programming, estimating construction costs and milestones required to
either construct or acquire facilities.
(3) United States Army Corps of Engineers (CEHNC 1110-1xx series) design manuals depict
(4) AR 385-10 and DA PAM 385-63 outline range safety considerations and SDZ requirements.
b. Potential impacts of noise from a new or modified live-fire range on the surrounding civilian
community can inhibit full utilization during the conduct of training. Environmental considerations as
defined in AR 200-1 and applicable to Installation Compatible Use Zones will be evaluated when
modifying existing ranges or siting new ranges.
c. The ITAM Training Requirements Integration (TRI) process is employed to identify optimum
siting of training ranges and facilities and optimum modifications to training areas.