<b>WHAT IS IT'</b>

SSD bridges the operational and institutional domains of Army training for enlisted Soldiers and sets conditions for continuous growth. From E-1 to E-9, SSD will ensure learning is continuous and enduring, not sporadic and transitory. SSD is required learning that continues throughout a Soldier's career and is closely linked to classroom learning in NCO Education System courses and synchronized with experiential learning in the unit. SSD sets the conditions for continuous growth as a warrior and a warrior leader. SSD builds knowledge and skills through a defined sequence of learning approaches with the assistance of formal education and experiential learning.

<b>WHAT HAS THE ARMY DONE'</b>

The Army's method of delivery for SSD is through Interactive Multimedia Instruction (IMI). Soldiers access this training via the Army Learning Management System (ALMS). There is no facilitation required for SSD, it is completely online and self-paced. The collaboration is between the Soldier and the content, and not the traditional brick-and-mortar learning style. Enrollment in SSD is done automatically in ATTRS.

<b>WHAT CONTINUED EFFORTS DOES THE ARMY HAVE PLANNED FOR THE FUTURE'</b>

The implementation date for SSD I for Soldiers between basic training and the Warrior Leader Course is 1 OCT 2010. Implementation for SSD III, for NCOs between the Advanced Leader Course and the Senior Leader Course, and SSD IV for NCOs between SLC and the Sergeants Major Course will be in January 2011. Implementation of SSD V for sergeants major who have graduated from SMC implementation will be in May 2011.

<b>WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO THE ARMY'</b>

SSD provides for life-long learning from initial entry and throughout the Soldier's Career. Due to the current operational tempo, by having SSD online, Soldiers will be able to complete all aspects of their education on time. SSD also allows for the Soldier to conduct SSD at their work station or home station as time permits.

For more information contact SGM Jerry L. Bailey at <a href="mailto:jerry.bailey1@us.army.mil">jerry.bailey1@us.army.mil</a> or at (915) 744-1202.

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