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Army plans easier access to doctrine by 2015

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 12:00am
U.S. Army

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 22, 2012) -- The Army plans to have a new, easy-to-use method for Soldiers to access manuals and other military publications by 2015.

The new 10-page Army Doctrine Publications, known as ADPs, will be available on videos. The more detailed Army Doctrine Reference Publications, or ADRPs, will be on interactive computer-based training. The Army Training Publications will be on a MilWiki site, a collaborative website that enables Soldiers to participate in doctrine development.

Retired Col. Clinton J. Ancker III, director of the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate, spoke today about the Army Doctrine 2015 strategy at the Association of the United States Army at the Washington, D.C., Convention center.

"As an officer, noncommissioned officer or Soldier, you can track your responsibility with this new system," said Ancker. "All Army professionals should have an understanding on how the Army operates."

The system will allow Soldiers at any level to access Army doctrine, references, field manuals and technical publications through various different digital outlets. These outlets include DVD videos, interactive multimedia instruction videos and a wiki site allowing Soldiers to participate in doctrine development.

"We want to make the Army publications more accessible, and more collaborative," said Ancker.

Integrating doctrine with digital applications will allow doctrinal resources to be readily available to Soldiers and provides a new approach to how doctrine is used to support education, training, and operations, he said.

Users can locate Army publications specific to their jobs from an easy-to-use hierarchal process.

The redesign focus was based on guidance from Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, who directed "a Doctrine Strategy to categorize our manuals differently, reduce their length, and number, and leverage emerging technology to make them more collaborative and accessible," said Odierno.

By 2015, the Army plans to have only 50 field manuals on tactics and procedures. The rest of the doctrine will be in ADPs, ADRPs and Army Techniques Pubs, or ATPs.

The end result of Army Doctrine 2015 is to provide the user an easy way to access military publications via mobile devices, and other non-tradition methods, but the physical hard copies will still be available.

It is expected the new streamlined system for delivering Army doctrine will be complete by 2015.

For more information, log into http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/MCCoE/doctrine2015tables.asp.

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