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Warrior University (WU)

What is it?
The WU is an interface providing access to nearly all distance learning material and an adaptable and effective framework to schedule and coordinate training and education. It is a readily accessible and flexible resource to meet unit and individual training requirements. It incorporates both training and education and is focused on the learner. The WU provides a central repository for training information and facilitates access to thousands of distance learning products through the Army Career Tracker (ACT). The ACT will serve as an information broker for the WU, providing access to course catalogs, training and education history, and metrics on key developmental activities. The WU is also a foundation for the establishment of virtual world technology to provide virtual education centers, classrooms and other training venues and supports the creation of virtual education centers and classrooms. The development of the virtual WU provides a platform for implementing a virtual staff ride, right seat ride, and virtual mentor/coach capability.

What has the Army done?
The Army conducted an initial capability and requirements analysis for the development of the ACT, implemented a detailed review of the Army Correspondence Course Program for both relevancy and potential recommendations for college credit, and developed a secure environment for online testing. The Army adopted the American Council on Education (ACE) testing standards to ensure that Soldiers who take individual courses receive the maximum credit recommended by ACE. The Army is also exploring virtual world opportunities/capabilities and partnering with selected colleges and universities to gain insights and lessons learned from their virtual world experiences. Looking toward the future virtual WU, the Army programmed limited funding for the analysis, design, development, and evaluation of initial Army virtual world experiments. As a part of the ACT efforts, interfaces are being developed to provide access to multiple data bases and training opportunities for all soldiers.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will continue to pursue a number of initiatives to support WU, including:

  • Integrate existing programs like ACCP in an effort to provide valid, relevant, and accredited training and education content.
  • Continue to build the interface to connect all training material data bases to provide a streamlined effect for all soldiers.
  • Provide the common set of conditions for all learning materials to ensure applicability across the force.
  • Conduct analysis to ensure the virtual WU does not duplicate any current or proposed Army effort or initiative.
  • Evaluate current training programs for efficiency and effectiveness and, when applicable, provide recommendations on relevancy of such systems for disposition.
  • Expand the effort to leverage virtual world applications and capabilities to increase or expand training and educational opportunities.

Why is this important to the Army?
The WU allows Soldiers access to information through a single point of entry portal, the ACT. The single point of entry will reduce the amount of time Soldiers spend searching for training and educational information. The WU facilitates commonality and currency of learning materials to ensure training and education resources are maximized. The WU concept provides a platform for virtual world experimentation and development in an effort to move Army training and education into the future. The WU is a supporting capability for lifelong learning that continuously evolves based on lessons learned and best practices across the Army. It provides a dynamic set of training products and course offerings that support the combat effectiveness of units and Soldiers. The future WU will provide battalion level leaders the ability to tailor their Soldiers' training and education programs. Overall, WU supports the effort to increase training and education opportunities for Soldiers at home station and while deployed.

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