The Digital Training Management System (DTMS) has a new capability built specifically for airborne units and Soldiers. In June, DTMS introduced a new “Jump Record” tab to the Soldier Individual Training Record (ITR) module. The capability supports the automation of jump record management and collection and was developed with airborne unit input and coordination with the Army Airborne Board (AAB).
In January 2021, the Training Management Directorate (TMD) received notification of a 1st Special Forces Command initiative to automate Soldier jump record management. In February, the AAB, chaired by XVIII Airborne Corps Commanding General Lt. Gen. Michael Kurilla, endorsed an operational requirement for a digital means to manage airborne training records and automate Soldier jump training with personnel systems.
DTMS, as the Army’s enterprise training management system, was identified as the system of record. TMD’s Sean Cross, a former airborne Soldier, coordinated with AAB subject matter experts and airborne community representatives to refine the requirement and develop an initial concept.
In February, TMD started the process by re-activating the old “Airborne” tab in DTMS. This gave AAB subject matter experts access so they could begin reviewing it against current operational procedures and allowed field expertise to drive TMD’s development of the new capability. Operational airborne unit feedback was essential in designing the new “Jump Record” tab.
The collaboration between the airborne community and TMD has resulted in the initial operational capability to input jump records into ITRs released in June. The new tab in DTMS mirrors the DA Form 1307 “Individual Jump Record” with drop-down menus to make data input easier.
The menus include inputs for the drop zone, jump master duties, type of jump, aircraft, parachute, and jump date. The new “Jump Record” tab provides a detailed digital record for individual Soldiers that will follow them throughout their career.
TMD is continuing to work with the AAB to expand the capabilities and is planning a release in fall 2021. Additional capabilities include a wizard to guide units in updating multiple Soldiers simultaneously, spreadsheet uploads similar to the supporting DA Form 1306 “Statement of Jump and Loading Manifest,” and an ability to view and print unit jump training reports.
Additional improvements envisioned in 2022 include working with Army Vantage to integrate Soldier jump data with its executive decision-making dashboards. The objective is to seamlessly connect Soldier jump training data between the future Army Training Information System (ATIS) and the Integrated Pay and Personnel System-Army (IPPS-A).
The new automated “Jump Record” tab in DTMS is an excellent example of effective collaboration between the operational force and TMD. In less than six months, this teaming approach took the airborne unit requirement from a concept to an initial fielded solution available to Soldiers. This type of direct collaboration with input from the field enables the Army to quickly evolve and adapt to the needs of the warfighter.
The Training Management Directorate at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas is the Army’s proponent for training management. TMD manages, develops, and sustains Training Management doctrine, processes, products, and systems to enable training and training management across the Army’s Institutional, Operational, and Self-development training domains. Fundamental products of TMD include the Army Training Network (ATN), the Digital Training Management System (DTMS), and the Combined Arms Training Strategies (CATS). For more information on TMD products and services, visit ATN at https://atn.army.mil and be sure to check out the new FM 7-0 Training at https://armypubs.army.mil/epubs/DR_pubs/DR_a/ARN32648-FM_7-0-000-WEB-1.pdf.