Today’s number is 22,000.
With the cost of driving a tank one mile averaging just about $900, a round trip from Harmony Church to training ranges in the post hinterlands would cost the Armor School a whopping $22,000 per tank. But a HET — that’s a heavy equipment transport — can do the job for a fraction of the cost, about $1,600.
That’s why the Armor School will move its tanks, 200 of them, from Harmony Church, “Home of the Armor and Cavalry,” to gunnery ranges and maneuver training areas on the back of big trucks.
That’s not the only way Armor Soldiers will save big money on training. Three massive simulations training centers, located on either side of Highway 27/280, will give Soldiers plenty of experience behind the wheel before they actually climb behind the wheel. Tankers, Bradley operators and maintenance mechanics will train on site.
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The 130,000-square-foot Bradley vehicle maintenance training center is almost complete. Land is being cleared now for a tank maintenance training facility greater than 180,000 square feet.