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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 and below, 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". DTMS provides approved collective and individual tasks, Combined Arms Training Strategy tasks, the Army Universal Task List, and the Universal Joint Task List. DTMS has a schools management tool to resource and allocate seats for New Equipment Training, sustainment and collective digital system training and Troop School, safety, and other installation-specific courses.

What has the Army done? The Army G3 decided to field DTMS to the Active and Reserve Components. The Army fielded DTMS to the operating force beginning Jan. 2005, and is currently fielding to the generating force. The Army trained and fielded DTMS to Army National Guard units from Jul.- Nov. 2006, and they are now implementing DTMS. The Army Reserve began fielding DTMS in Dec. 2006.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? DTMS sustainment costs ($2.8 million per year) fund the Maintenance Support Agreement, Training Support, Help Desk, and limited Spiral Development. A DA G3-chartered Requirements Control Board (RCB) identifies, reviews, and manages DTMS functionality and requirements. A RCB working group comprised of field Army Component Commands and Corps/Division action officers meets quarterly to continue refining and developing DTMS. We continue to enhance DTMS to meet ARNG functional requirements and to interface with Army and DOD training systems. Completed interfaces include: Defense Readiness Reporting System-Army (DRRS-A), Medical Protection System (MEDPROS), Army Knowledge Online (AKO), and the Total Army Personnel dB (TAPdB). Working interfaces include: Range and Facilities Management Support System (RFMSS), Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS), Defense Readiness Reporting System (DRRS) Automated Fund Control Order System (AFCOS).

Why is this important to the Army? Approximately 18,000 Army training managers use DTMS every week. 1,168 units (company and larger) have their approved Mission Essential Task List (METL) in DTMS, and the number increases every week. The training records of 1,099,048 soldiers reside in DTMS. The G3 fielded DTMS in response to a demand from Army Component Commands for a working training management system. DTMS is widely used by the operational Army to manage Battle Focused Training, Pre-deployment Training, and Unit Reset. DTMS requires annual sustainment to support fielding, manage the data base, and answer unit questions. DTMS provides proponents and units access to a single source system that provides standards (tasks), resources, and methodology (strategy) to train units. The Future Combat System Training Team decided to use DTMS to manage FCS training, and DTMS will be imbedded in the FCS.

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