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The Digital Training Management System

What is it?
The Digital Training Management System (DTMS) is a Web-based commercial-off-the-shelf software application customized to implement FM 7-1 Battle Focused Training. Optimized for use at brigade level and below, the DTMS provides the ability to plan, resource, and manage unit and individual training at all levels. It compiles and displays a unit roll-up of training conducted through a series of customizable tabs to track weapons qualification, Army physical fitness tests, AR 350-1 mandatory training, and deployment tasks from enlistment to retirement. The system encompasses approved collective and individual tasks, combined-arms training strategy tasks, the Army Universal Task List, and the Universal Joint Task List. It also features a schools management tool for use in resourcing and allocating seats for new-equipment training, sustainment and collective digital system training, Troop School, safety training, and installation-specific courses.

What has the Army done?
Army G-3, Operations and Plans, decided to field DTMS to the active and reserve components. We fielded the DTMS to the operating force beginning in January 2005, and are currently fielding it to the generating force. We trained on and fielded the DTMS to Army National Guard units over the period July–November 2006, and they are now implementing the system. The Army Reserve began fielding the DTMS in December 2006.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
DTMS sustainment costs ($2.8 million per year) fund the Maintenance Support Agreement, training support, the Help Desk, and limited spiral development. A G-3–chartered Requirements Control Board (RCB) identifies, reviews, and manages DTMS functionality and requirements. An RCB working group comprising field Army component commands and corps and division action officers meets quarterly to continue refining and developing the DTMS. We continue to enhance the DTMS to meet Army National Guard functional requirements and to interface with Army and Department of Defense training systems. Interfaces have been completed with the Defense Readiness Reporting System–Army (DRRS-A), the Medical Protection System, Army Knowledge Online, and the Total Army Personnel Database. We are currently working on interfaces with the Range and Facilities Management Support System, the Army Training Requirements and Resources System, and the DRRS Automated Fund Control Order System.

Why is this important to the Army?
Approximately 18,000 Army training managers use the DTMS every week. A total of 1,168 units (company and larger) have their approved Mission Essential Task List in the DTMS, and the number increases every week. The training records of 1,099,048 soldiers reside in the DTMS. Army G-3 fielded DTMS in response to a demand from Army component commands for a working training management system. The DTMS is widely used by the operational Army to manage battle-focused training, pre-deployment training, and unit reset. The system requires annual sustainment to support fielding, management of the database, and response to unit questions. Through the DTMS, proponents and units have access to a single-source system that provides standards (tasks), resources, and methods (strategy) for training units. The future combat system (FCS) training team decided to use the DTMS to manage FCS training, and the DTMS will be imbedded in the FCS.