Army Training Support System
What is it?
The Army Training Support System (TSS) is an integrated training support enterprise that is flexible and tailorable to meet dynamic training strategies. The TSS, when fully mature, will provide the networked, integrated, interoperable training support and mission rehearsal capabilities necessary to an operationally relevant training environment for Soldiers. Capabilities of the TSS will extend across the institutional, operational, and self-development training domains and they will support both the current and future forces. The Army TSS has three major components that work together as a system of systems to enhance training effectiveness: 1) product lines, including training information infrastructures, training aids, devices, simulators and simulations, training services, and training facilities and land; 2) architectures and standards; and 3) management, evaluation, and resource processes.
What has the Army done?
The Army has used the TSS construct to develop the TSS Master Plan, which establishes an integrated, synchronized, and prioritized set of training support capabilities consistent with current and future force training transformation. The TSS Master Plan supports the alignment and synchronizes funding requirements for specific programs, including the Sustainable Range Program, the Soldier Training Support Program, the Combat Training Center Modernization Program, and the Battle Command Training Support Program.
The TSS has also been used to assess and define the minimum essential requirements for training the enablers necessary to support units at various Army installations, based on the Army Campaign Plan objectives and timelines. This effort has been critical in determining what is available and what is needed at installations to support training and ensure readiness. The TSS also supports Army Force Generation implementation, Home-station Master Plan initiatives, and Training and Doctrine Command Campaign Plan objectives by identifying the capabilities necessary to support the training requirements at all levels of training.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army plans to continue to use the TSS to inform training support decisions across all training domains and across a wider spectrum of training support capabilities.
Why is this important to the Army?
The TSS, when fully mature, will provide a fully integrated, interoperable training support solution that will help eliminate the development of “stove-piped” training support capabilities that are redundant and lack interoperability. It will also help maximize limited training resources.