By Ms. Sarah Schwennesenm, CAC-T, TMDMay 23, 2018
The Army continues to improve the Digital Training Management System (DTMS) to facilitate planning, recording and assessing training. "DTMS supports the Soldier, the commander and the Army," said COL Stephen York, Director, Training Management Directorate (TMD).
"This tool, underpins the training management doctrine described in Field Manual 7-0, as well as the Chief of Staff of the Army's focus on training readiness. It provides streamlined access to the Individual Tasks, Collective Task Training and Evaluation Outlines (T&EO), Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) Standard Mission Essential Task List (METL) and Combined Arms Training Strategy (CATS) that form the building blocks for unit training and achieving readiness," said York.
HQDA EXORD 081-17, requires all Army commanders to update and maintain their unit's Mission Essential Task (MET) Assessments in DTMS, in order to officially record their objective assessments of training readiness. For the last two years, DTMS has provided this unit data to the Defense Readiness Reporting System-Army to support readiness reporting in Net Unit Status Report (NetUSR). However, as of May 1, 2018, DTMS is now the only place for commanders to record or modify MET Assessments for USR reporting.
Additionally, commanders are required to use DTMS to record Soldier Individual training, which includes Weapons Qualification, Army Physical Fitness Testing (APFT) results, Height and Weight, Army Warrior Tasks, Military Occupational Specialty Individual Critical Task List, Course Completions and other service-wide mandatory training.
"DTMS contains each Soldier's Individual Training Records (ITR) that can keep track of a Soldier's training results from initial entry through retirement, ensuring they are given credit for any training accomplished, and electronically moving that training record with the Soldier from unit to unit, or unit to schoolhouse," said Mr. Jimmy Davis, DTMS mobile Training Team Coordinator. "DTMS has the ability to be the one-stop-shop for seeing what Soldiers have been trained on throughout their entire Army careers."
Did you know that NCO's can manage their Soldier's digital training records without ever having to log into DTMS? The Leader Readiness Tool allows platoon-level and below leaders to input and update their Soldiers' individual training via Army Knowledge Online (AKO), "My Training" tab, without the need for a DTMS account. They can also access this capability on the Army Training Network (ATN), via the DTMS gadget under the "My Training" tab. "This is a great feature that can help lessen the burden of updating training records at the company level," said Mr. Davis.
DTMS also provides commanders a summary of the unit's status in key training areas via the Company Landing Page. "Information on training schedules and training statistics are depicted, along with weapons proficiency status as the percentage of qualified and unqualified Soldiers," said Davis.
Web-hosted DTMS training is found in the DTMS Knowledge Base, at https://atn.army.mil/dsp_template.aspx?dpID=405, and a fully-staffed TMD Help Desk is available, from 0500-2100 (Central Standard Time) Monday-Friday and from 0800-1700 (Central Standard Time) Saturday and Sunday, to assist leaders in proper training management, and recording and assessments in DTMS.
For access to DTMS and the DTMS Knowledge Base, go to the Army Training Network at https://atn.army.mil/ or contact the TMD help desk at (913) 684-2700, DSN: 552-2700, or toll-free at (877) 241-0347. Email assistance is also available at: firstname.lastname@example.org.