The Mission Essential Task List

Posted: November 18, 2015 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized


Every Leader worth his salt, from the military structure to a corporate structure, maintains an absolute critical skill- the ability not just to plan, but to reverse plan. The Mission Essential Task List (METL) is the structure by which we identify unit purpose, training requirements and qualifications, and how to plan to accomplish that goal.

Typically in any Platoon Office or Team Room will be three calendars- a Week broken down by day with large blocks to write each daily task, a Month, with essential training events and monthly benchmarks laid out, and a Six Month, or Long Range schedule, normally with exercises, annual qualifications, and unit goals laid out.

In order to create this, we must know exactly what we need. These tasks differ depending on the unit structure. Creating a METL is the simplest way to break this down. In the Army at the basic level, there’s requirements…

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