By Lt. Col. Damon PfaltzgraffAugust 7, 2012
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (Aug. 7, 2012) -- In July 2012, the Army Training Network achieved a significant milestone -- surpassing the 5-million-clicks mark since going live in April 2009.
The Army Training Network, or ATN, at https://atn.army.mil, is the Army's first-stop online portal to help units and leaders plan and conduct their unit training. The ATN offers doctrine, tools, resources, products, and videos and is operated by the Training Management Directorate, or TMD, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
ATN ensures the latest training products and information reach the force. It continues to evolve based on input from the field and now includes a Noncommissioned Officer Corner, plus feature pages such as Pre-Deployment, Physical Readiness, Army Family Readiness Group and other resources.
It touches both units and proponents. Trainers from company level up use ATN to access tools such as the Mission Essential Task List viewer, Combined Arms Training Strategies, known as CATS, planning, Security Force Training tools and Physical Readiness information.
The heart of ATN is Unit Training Management, or UTM, which is the expansion of Army training doctrine found in the soon-to-be published ADP 7-0 and ADRP 7-0, Training Units and Developing Leaders.
UTM provides the in-depth how-to processes of Army training management. In addition, it links the doctrine to the web-based tools (enablers) that make it all work.
They include the Digital Training Management System, or DTMS, and CATS.
DTMS provides the Army's system of record for units to capture all training documentation from unit level, down to the individual Soldier.
CATS provides proponent-approved training strategies that give unit leaders a starting point for planning how the unit will achieve training proficiency.
ATN also has a host of training products, features and collaboration tools that provide a link across the Army's training community of practice.
Many of the products found on ATN were developed by units that found them successful. These products are easily viewed and downloaded for local use.
The Army Training Network will take on even greater importance as our Army trains Soldiers to face a hybrid threat and continues to develop agile and adaptive leaders.
The operator of ATN -- TMD -- is part of the Combined Arms Center -- Training, or CAC-T, which supports and develops training throughout the Army. Learn more about CAC-T at http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/CAC-T/