SALT 'Proof-of-Principle' Course

Monday September 26, 2011

What is it?

The Army recently tested a 'Regional Learning Center' concept for the Captains' Career Course at Fort Bliss, Texas. These centers would allow captains to attend the common core portion of the career course at or near their home stations rather than going on temporary duty or changing their duty station to a branch school location. Twenty-five officers from units assigned to 1AD and Fort Bliss, Texas, participated in a "proof-of-principle" test. This test was the first step in determining the feasibility of establishing Regional Learning Centers at 13 installations, as described in the Army Learning Concept - 2015

What has the Army done?

SALT-the proponent for captains' common core education-and all Training and Doctrine Command "Centers of Excellence" formed a mobile training team (MTT) that traveled to Fort Bliss,Texas, to test the regional concept. The MTT began training in July and graduated 25 officers from the common core course on Sept. 15.

Why is it important to the Army?

Under ALC 2015, Regional Learning Centers would allow students to advance their professional development with less disruption to family life, provide a universal curriculum for the common core course, and establish a new paradigm for learning"to include new roles and responsibilities for the Soldier-learner.

What's planned for the future?

The Regional Learning Center proof-of-principle informs the further development of curriculum and follow-on tests during fiscal years 2012-2014.

References:

School of Advanced Leadership and Tactics (SALT)

SALT at Milsuite

STAND-TO!- The Army Learning Concept - 2015

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"Leader development, especially the education of our officers, is critical and must be a shared responsibility between TRADOC and FORSCOM. This 'proof-of-principle' is a test of the Regional Learning Center concept."

- Maj. Gen. Dana J. H. Pittard, commanding general, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, Texas.

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"We often forget that junior officers are adult learners. However SALT recognizes this and shifts our historical educational approach of training students to a much more effective and innovative method of self-guided, life-long learning which replaces the traditional 'sage on the stage' with the 'guide on the side' educator who facilitates academic growth and development."

-Maj. Jerry Moon, instructor in the special operations leader development and education cell within the Department of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations at Command and General Staff College

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