FORT EUSTIS, Virginia -- For Soldiers and civilian leaders on the go, there's more space in the kit bag beginning June 14, 2019, following the release of the new Field Manual 3-0, Operations (FM 3-0) in audiobook format, or as downloadable MP3 files.
FM 3-0 is periodically re-written, updated and released by the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate, part of U. S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's (TRADOC), Mission Command Center of Excellence. The manual focuses on large-scale combat operations and provides doctrine on how Army forces conduct sustained, large-scale combat operations with current force structure in a joint environment. FM 3-0 also sets the foundational basis for tactics, techniques and procedures across the rest of Army doctrine.
The release is intended to coincide with the Army's 244th Birthday, Friday, June 14.
For those who prefer the hardcopy (or reading the pdf download on a digital device), the latest edition is still less than 350 pages, but for those who prefer audio-learning there's now a convenient alternative to old-fashioned reading available.
"Army doctrine audiobooks are produced from published and authenticated doctrine, abridged for the audio format." said Maj. Chris Parker, Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate (CADD), who initiated the project and turned to TADLP to develop and realize the directorate's intent.
"The audio version is a real stride forward in convenience for the Soldier; they can use it on a smartphone, iPod, computer laptop - even listen to it in the car during a commute. Audio content is easily accessible, and things such as location, noise levels or time of day are no longer distractions to learning as they often are reading a book."
"FM 3-0 now quite literally fits in a Soldiers pocket." Parker added, "Instead of trying to find the time to sit down and read the manual, Soldiers can listen to it while they are traveling, exercising, just about any place they chose to."
"Audiobooks are not by any means new in delivering content like this." said Robert Roberts, the TADLP Mobile Learning Division Project Manager who designed, developed and programmed the audio players for multiple digital and online formats. "This is the first time the Army has ventured into this medium as a way of delivering Army doctrine, and the editing, the recording and voice quality of the chapter readers are very professional - a real pleasure to listen to - and we wanted to reflect that in our end-products."
"The content is also very easy to get to and begin using," Roberts continued, "FM 3-0 is posted on the Central Army Registry website, better known by its acronym, "the CAR," and can be accessed on any desktop computer, iPad or smartphone. The CAR provides a single access point for a number of official Army resources such as Field Manuals, Training Support Packages (TSPs), individual or collective task guides, drills and courseware." he said. "Currently there are approximately 10,000 documents posted on the CAR, easily found by making a simple entry using the search engine."
"It's our goal to make FM 3-0 available in as many versions as possible and we are really gratified at the way this project turned out. It's always been in print and we added an online electronic digital version not long ago." Roberts said. "This is the next logical step. TADLP is about giving Soldiers options, and we're always looking for ways to make content more accessible and mobile. It's not just for younger generation Soldiers who may be more 'smartphone-centric'. Any person with a mobile phone can save time and effort by using our audiobooks."
"Army Doctrinal Policy (ADP) 7-0 Training, FM 2-0 Intelligence, and ADP 3-90 Offense and Defense, are currently in production as audiobooks and will be available in coming months, also through the CAR." said Parker. "Along with FM 3-0, there're part of our audio pilot program." He said. "We are always looking for new ways to get the information Soldiers need into their hands, this is simply one of the things we are developing towards that end."
ABOUT THE ARMY DISTRIBUTED LEARNING PROGRAM (TADLP)
Established in by the Chief of Staff of the Army in 1996, the Commanding General of Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) was appointed the Executive Agent for TADLP and is the full-line authority for the centralized management and integration of the program. Located at Fort Eustis in Virginia, the TADLP Director is Ms. Helen Remily.
The Army Distributed Learning Program (TADLP), improves Army readiness by providing rigorous, relevant, and tailored distributed training and education to Soldiers, leaders, and Army civilians from a responsive and accessible - frequently mobile - delivery capability. Distributed Learning (DL) is a modern, proven instructional model used by the Army to deliver individual, collective and self-developmental training and education anytime, anywhere. TADLP leads the way in creating user-friendly, pliant and adaptable distributed and distance learning models that leverage emerging technologies to distribute learning across an array of portable devices in a variety of formats depending on the needs of the user. To learn more about the people and facilities of TALDP visit their website at https://www.atsc.army.mil/TADLP/
ABOUT THE U.S. ARMY TRAINING AND DOCTRINE COMMAND (TRADOC)
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) was created on July 1st, 1973.
For nearly half a century TRADOC has fundamentally transformed the U.S. Army into the best trained, best equipped, best led, and best organized modern land power in the world today. TRADOC shapes Army forces through four primary functions: Recruitment and Training, Leadership Development, Doctrine and Integrating Capabilities.
Headquartered at Fort Eustis, in eastern Virginia, TRADOC executes its mission through five subordinate commands and centers, U.S. Army Center of Military History, The U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (located at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas), The U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training and the U.S. Army Recruiting Command (located at Fort Knox, Kentucky). The command has a global perspective and oversees 32 Army schools organized under eight Centers of Excellence, each focused on a separate area of expertise within the Army (i.e. Maneuver and Signal). TRADOC trains more than 500,000 Soldiers and service members each year. To learn more about the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command visit their website at https://www.tradoc.army.mil/