FORT EUSTIS, Virginia – When the Army’s largest training Brigade and premier medical education training institution, the 32d Medical Brigade needed a mobile, digital solution to creating their updated Blue Book in 2021 they turned to The Army Distributed Learning programs (TADLP), Mobile Division to create a user-friendly, accessible web app. The Blue Book has many useful features but most importantly acts as an organizations active policy guide for new Soldiers.
The 32d Medical Brigade serves as the “Leadership Factory” at the Medical Center of Excellence (MEDCoE) outside San Antonio at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, MEDCoE is responsible for providing the operational Army with medically and technically trained Soldiers for conflicts around the globe and instructs nearly 37,000 soldiers annually in over 360 medical related training and education programs.
The new, updated 32d Medical Brigade Blue Book, completed and released in September 2021 introduces new Soldiers to the brigade’s culture accessed through a mobile, digital format and provides essential entry information and training for new arrivals - the “gateway” to the Army Medicine Profession, putting the knowledge new 32s Soldiers require at their fingertips, 24/7.
The concise 5-chapter digital book, designed for smartphone, is edited for brevity and covers the Standards of Conduct, and Appearance, required Training, and Soldier fitness standards as well as special sections on the 32d unit history, it’s Mission and sections highlighting Army Ethics and Values. Helpful photos and illustrations accompany the chapter texts. This year the Blue Book contains an expanded section of detailed images illustrating all changes to policy and making compliance easy for Soldiers making it one of the first in the Army to incorporate and illustrate the changes to standards of grooming and appearance.
U.S. Army MEDCoE Sgt. First Class Tabitha Hill acted as consultant, subject matter expert, editor and liaison with the TADLP Mobile Division staff to ensure the project met all the criteria required prior to launch. The 32d Brigade Brigade is currently available on the Central Army Registry (CAR) and can be accessed and downloaded directly - without CaC card - on any personal device, smartphone, laptop, desktop computer or tablet at https://rdl.train.army.mil/catalog-ws/view/32MedBluebook/index.html
ABOUT THE 32d U.S. ARMY MEDICAL BRIGADE AND MEDCoE
Located at Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the 32d Medical Brigade is the largest Training Brigade in the Army, responsible for providing the operational Army with the absolute best medically, technically and tactically trained Soldiers and professionals in the world. The Brigade develops adaptive Army Leaders, builds and trains Soldiers for future conflicts by shaping the Medical Center of Excellence (MEDCoE), of tomorrow. MEDCoE instructs nearly 37,000 soldiers annually in over 360 medical related training and education programs. Their motto is, “Army Medicine Starts Here,” as all Army Medicine personnel, regardless of component, will attend training at the MEDCoE at some point in their career. The 32d Medical Brigade serves as the "Leadership Factory" for MEDCoE, the military's premiere medical education and training institution, where leadership, readiness, and partnerships generate the future of defense health. The Brigade transforms citizens into Soldiers, creates resilient and fit leaders capable of meeting the needs of the Army. The Brigade is the Medical Generating Force for the Army, responsible for providing the absolute best medically, technically and tactically trained Soldiers and professionals in the world. The 32d Medical Brigade is composed of the 187th Medical Battalion, 188th Medical Battalion, 232d Medical Battalion, 264th Medical Battalion as well as the U.S. Army Element at the Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC) and is commanded by Colonel Wesley J.L. Anderson.
ABOUT THE ARMY DISTRIBUTED LEARNING PROGRAM (TADLP)
Established 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 Mr. Michael Holt. The Army Distributed Learning Program (TADLP), improves Army readiness by providing 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 TADLP visit https://tadlp.tradoc.army.mil
ABOUT THE U.S. ARMY TRAINING AND DOCTRINE COMMAND (TRADOC)
The 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/