By William BrosnanAugust 21, 2012
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- Soon the Army will publish a new series of manuals that will reflect a different approach to writing doctrine and lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The new manuals are part of the Doctrine 2015 that restructures how the Army develops and publishes doctrinal manuals. Several of these new manuals have already been put into print, such as Army Doctrine Publication (ADP) 3-0 and 5-0, but on Aug. 31 it is expected that most of the remaining foundational manuals will be complete and made available to the public.
As part of this effort, the Army will replace FM 7-0, Training Units and Developing Leaders for Full Spectrum Operations with two new manuals: Army Doctrine Publication (ADP) 7-0 and Army Doctrine Reference Publication (ADRP) 7-0.
Both are titled Training Units and Developing Leaders. Together they will form the foundation of Army training management doctrine.
The effort reflects the Army's strategy to update current doctrine based on the lessons learned from more than a decade of persistent operations.
Army Doctrine Publication 7-0 will be a short overview, describing the concepts of Army training and training management.
It will include a discussion of the three training domains, institutional, operational and self-development, as well as a discussion of leader development and training management concepts. ADP 7-0 is one of a handful of Army keystone manuals approved directly by the Army's Chief of Staff.
Army Doctrine Reference Publication 7-0 includes much more content and is comparable with the current version of FM 7-0 -- at least in length and general subject matter. But that's where the similarities end.
To reinforce the Army maxim: Train as You Will Fight, the ADRP 7-0 will establish the Army's two operations planning processes -- Military Decisionmaking Process and Troop Leading Procedures as the processes units use to plan, prepare and execute unit training.
Of particular importance are the responsibilities and roles of commanders and other leaders in training their organizations and leaders. The ADP and ADRP address these responsibilities in detail.
The ADRP also replaces the legacy construct of long-range, short-range and near-term planning with the Unit Training Plan. These changes will reinforce the operations and planning concepts all Army units employ.
Even with the changes, accessing Army training information will remain the same. Unit Training Management (UTM) on the website Army Training Network (ATN) will continue to be the go-to resource to understand the details of the training management doctrine and best practices.
Army Doctrine Reference Publication 7-0 and UTM are tightly linked. The concepts in chapter three of the ADRP --entitled Unit Training Management -- are tied directly to the details of these concepts in ATN's UTM section.
Unit Training Management content is developed by the same agency that developed the ADP and ADRP 7-0, the Army's Training Management Directorate (TMD) at Fort Leavenworth, KS.
In addition, UTM points users to the web-based tools that guide them through the process -- the Digital Training Management System (DTMS), the Combined Arms Training Strategies (CATS) and the Department of the Army Standardized Mission Essential Task List for brigade and above units.
At each critical point in UTM, there are relevant tutorials and examples that provide expanded instructions on how these tools support the training management process.
Unit Training Management is accessed from a single web portal -- ATN. Users can view UTM content in an online format, or download content in PDF format/PowerPoint modules for professional development and classroom instruction.
To understand Army training, Soldiers should read: ADP 7-0, ADRP 7-0 and UTM. Look for these products on ATN on 31 Aug. 31. To access ATN, go to https://atn.army.mil. The PDF manuals also can be accessed from the Army Publishing Directorate website (https://apd.army.mil).
Training Management Directorate is part of the Combined Arms Center -- Training (CAC-T) that develops and supports training throughout the Army. More information about CAC-T and TMD can be found at: http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/CAC-T/
Mr. Brosnan is a Military Analyst for the Training Management Directorate, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He has 26 years of active Army service and has helped develop and write the Army's training doctrine for more than five years.