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The United States Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) is charged with the formidable task of overseeing the training of Army forces and developing the branch’s comprehensive operational doctrine.  Through this mission, TRADOC educates hundreds of thousands of personnel, including 9,500 foreign army soldiers, with 1,400 courses at 33 different schools.

With these impressive numbers in mind, how does TRADOC do it? A critical part of the answer is TRADOC’s use of digital platforms to deliver training programs that educate over 150,000 soldiers every year.  Blackboard’s web-based capabilities are specifically leveraged for the Lifelong Learning program, which provides continuous course enrollment and learning opportunities for Army officers so they can access critical knowledge at the point of need. In addition to its use of online and digital learning technologies, there have been other new developments at TRADOC which were shared by Anthony O’Bryant on the Army website.  O’Bryant’s article describes how the Army’s vice chief of staff, General Lloyd J. Austin III, recently visited with TRADOC leaders at their Fort Eustis headquarters to ask “what’s next” for the training command. The answer focuses on the new Doctrine 2015 effort, which seeks to provide a more “simplified and holistic doctrinal framework” for the Army.

Under Doctrine 2015, the Army will set new standards for professional and leadership development with the goal of more closely tying training to the military’s mid-to-long range strategic goals. In addition, the Army views Doctrine 2015 as an opportunity to implement two training suggestions from a survey of current soldiers: namely, to streamline the Army’s echelon of doctrinal principals (which will soon be available via mobile applications) and to further define the Army as a profession through enhanced training. Austin said he believes that “if we are going to get this 2020 thing right,” then the vision and things TRADOC is doing with getting the doctrine right, developing the capabilities and resources must all be linked together.

This focus on professional and doctrinal development seems to closely reflect the Army’s Learning Concept for 2015, which seeks to increase the use of mobile and digital technologies in Army training, especially to reinforce continuous learning among its soldiers.  Without a doubt, digital and mobile technologies will play a crucial role as the Army seeks to further develop its doctrines and practices as a  modern, professional force. If you are interested in learning more about how your military organization can leverage Blackboard for enhanced training and continuous learning, be sure to visit the Blackboard Military web page. You can also follow us for real-time updates on Twitter at @BbMilitaryGovt.

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