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HTAR Course Intro
HTAR Description

The four-week How the Army Runs (HTAR) is designed to educate and train military and civilian Force Managers on how the Army runs in the current Operating Environment (OE). HTAR teaches the roles, missions, and functions of the seven interdependent and continuous processes within the Army Force Management Model (e.g., strategy, joint capabilities integration and development system, defense acquisition system, structure, authorizations, personnel, and equipment), the nine Force Integration Functional Areas (e.g., structuring, manning, equipping, training, sustaining, funding, deploying, stationing, and readiness), and the requirements and acquisition processes that work together to produce trained and ready forces for the Combatant Commanders. 

For additional information see the AFMS HTARC Brochure    

HTAR Director
Christopher "Mac" McGarry   
HTAR Course Director
Christopher "Mac" McGarry is the HTAR Course Director and an Instructor/Facilitator at the Army Force Management School. Mac provides instruction and expertise to all AFMS course on the Capabilities and Material Development process and Force Development.
HTAR Prerequisites
1. Working in a force management related position or environment to include force accounting and documentation, combat developments, force design and systems integration, force development, force doctrine, force management, force mobilization, force modernization, force planning, force requirements and programs, force structure materiel developers, training developers, and manpower management.

Military: CPT through Colonel; WO2 to WO5
Civilian: GS11 through GS15
Contractor: In support of Army Operations

2. All military students must participate in a height/weight screening at 0600 on the class start date in seasonal Army PT uniform. Individuals attending the course as DA civilians who wish to the have HTARC completion added to their reserve/guard component military records on an AER must meet the Army's physical fitness and height/weight standards and participate in the height/weight screening along with military personnel on the first day of class prior to the class start. Please see the Welcome Letter for the class you are attending for further details as needed.

3. Director, Force Management, HQDA G3 has approved expanding eligible students for the How The Army Runs (HTAR) to include senior non-commissioned officers, E8-E9. Beginning with class 07-12 (04-29 June 2012), SFC(P), MSG/1SG, and SGM/CSM may attend HTAR under the following guidelines:

a. Space available, in that there are seats available not otherwise reserved by students using the existing pre-requisites. Army Commands (ACOM) may nominate senior NCOs within their current HTAR allocations.

b. The senior NCOs unit/organization will provide funding for TDY (travel, lodging, and per diem).

c. The senior NCO is performing force management duties or where understanding the policies, processes, players, and products of how the Army runs is required in the conduct of his/her duties. A memorandum signed by the first O6 in the NCO's chain of command will satisfy this requirement and must accompany the ACOMs nomination for the student to attend. Use the following format for the memorandum:

1) Address memorandum to: COMMANDANT, ARMY FORCE MANAGEMNT SCHOOL (AFMS), ATTN: Colonel George Lewis, 5500 21st STREET, SUITE 1400, FORT BELVOIR VA 22060-5923.
2) Paragraph 1: provide the individuals name, grade, duty position, UIC, and describe the force management duties being performed.
3) Paragraph 2: state the TDA/MTOE position number and title that the individual is currently filling within the requesting organization. If no TDA/MTOE position, describe why understanding the policies, processes, players, and products of how the Army runs is important to the requesting unit.
4) Paragraph 3: state the reason why the individual requires the training and if not trained what effect will it have on mission completion.
5) Paragraph 4: include a statement that the requesting organization understands and is responsible for the initiation and closing of all required DTS vouchers and orders, and that the requesting organization is responsible for all associated Temporary Duty expenses to and from AFMS.

d. Units may opt to scan and EMAIL the memorandum.

e. Please note that simply reserving a seat in the Army Training Resource and Requirements System (ATRRS) does not equate to registration. Specifically, the ACOM training manager must nominate the prospective student to the AFMS Registrar (Interim) for enrollment and an approved registration.

4. Direct any questions to AFMS Registrar at (703) 805-4904.

HTAR Overview
The course is divided into four weeks (156 hours of instruction) focusing on Strategy, Capabilities Development / Materiel Development, Force Structure and Force Development. The Force Development week consists of a force integration case study and a capstone problem. The force integration case study allows students to develop and present solutions using both personal experience and material learned in the program of instruction. Focus is on Affordability, Supportability and Executability of solutions to structure issues. The capstone problem affords students the opportunity to select one of up to ten current force management problems and using the knowledge gained from the course and personal experience, develop an innovative solution to be presented to the Headquarters, Department of the Army Force Management Office.

Classroom instruction is presented in lecture, lecture/conference and practical exercise format. Lessons provide students with a doctrinal and regulatory construct of the seven interdependent and continuous processes within the Army Force Management Model and the nine Force Integration Functional Areas. Some lessons incorporate practical information and exercises to increase the students' ability to apply material in a working environment. The primary course text is the Army War College text, How the Army Runs; A Senior Leader Reference Handbook, supplemented by current and draft Army publications to increase student familiarity and knowledge of existent and emerging force management practices.

The course is designed for an optimal of 42 students and a maximum of 48 students per class and is offered nine times each year. (January to October) The target audience is officers (Captain through Colonel) , WO2- WO5 and civilians (GS 11-15) working in or going to a force management coded position, and are selected by appropriate DA Staff agencies and Army commands. The course quotas and limited funding are established by HQDA and managed by the AFMS Registrar Mr. Duane Stubbs, 703-805-4904. Attendance at the course is generally funded through your unit or command. Please contact the Registrar if you have any questions or need clarification.

HTAR Enrollment Procedures
Prospective students must apply through the formal nomination process. If you have questions about the enrollment procedures, quotas, registration, scheduling, class dates, security clearances, space availability, nomination process or prerequisites, Contact the AFMS Registrar at 703-805-4904

Nominated for a school quota by the appropriate Headquarters Department of the Army Staff (ARSTAF), Field Operating Agency (FOA), or Army Command (ACOM)
  • Quotas are established by HQDA ( DCS, G3) and managed by the AFMS Registrar Mr. Duane Stubbs, 703-805-4904. Attendance at the Army Force Management School is funded by the sending commands. Please contact the AFMS Registrar for information.
  • Quotas are allocated to the ARSTAF, FOAs and ACOMs
Request for a seat in the class
  • Interested individuals request a school quota through the appropriate chain of command to their local training coordinator
  • Training coordinators request a quota from their ARSTAF, FOA or ACOM point of contact (POC). The decision authority for quota allocation is the ARSTAF, FOA or ACOM
  • The ARSTAF, FOA or ACOM nominate students to the school
  • The AFMS Registrar (Interim) reviews and approves the nominations. The Registrar provides the ARSTAF, FOA or ACOM concurrence / nonconcurrence
  • Approved nominees receive a welcome packet with course materials and registration procedures 45 days prior to the course starting date
HTAR Billeting
Billeting: All AFMS students in a TDY status will report to post billeting located in Knadle Hall (building 470) 9775 Gaillard Road Fort Belvoir, VA 22060. Fort Belvoir billeting is operated by the IHG Army Hotels ( Fort Belvoir Billeting (Knadle Hall) contact telephone information is:

  Reservations (703) 704-8600
  Customer Service (703) 704-8700
  Front Desk (703) 704-8300
  Manager (703) 704-8000
  Knadle Hall (703) 704-8300

Uniform: The duty uniform for all AFMS courses is: Military personnel will wear the Army Combat Uniform (ACUs); the civilian duty uniform is business casual. AFMS students visiting the Pentagon or other sites within the National Capitol Region (NCR) will wear the class “A’ or “B” Army Service Uniform (ASU).

HTAR Course Dates
FY 2021
001 10/13/2020 11/06/2020  
002 1/04/2021 1/29/2021  
003 2/08/2021 3/05/2021  
004 3/08/2021 4/02/2021  
005 4/12/2021 5/07/2021  
006 5/10/2021 6/04/2021  
007 6/28/2021 7/23/2021  
008 8/2/2021 8/27/2021  
009 8/30/2021 9/24/2021  
FY 2022
001 10/12/2021 11/05/2021  
002 1/03/2022 1/28/2022  
003 2/07/2022 3/04/2022  
004 3/07/2022 4/01/2022  
005 4/11/2022 5/06/2022  
006 5/09/2022 6/03/2022  
007 6/27/2022 7/22/2022  
008 8/01/2022 8/26/2022  
009 8/29/2022 9/23/2022