On Memorial Day, I thought it would be appropriate to post an article in honor of the courageous folks in the military. So I decided to talk about the US Army’s Learning Concept for 2015.
The foreword from the Commanding General U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command sums up the US Army’s vision when it comes to training and learning. What is striking here is that a hierarchical organization structure, and a perception of rigidity coexists with concepts such as seamless learning and lifelong learning to stay competitive. Only in this case, the nation’s security and army men’s lives are at risk not just profits and marketshare.
“[t]he Army must continually adapt to changing conditions and evolving threats to our security. An essential part of that adaptation is the development of new ideas to address future challenges.”
Army Operating Concept 2010
We live in a much more competitive security environment. This means that we have to learn faster and better than our future adversaries. Stated a bit differently, we must prevail in the competitive learning environment. The Army Learning Concept 2015 is an important component of our effort to drive change through a campaign of learning. It describes the learning environment we envision in 2015. It seeks to improve our learning model by leveraging technology without sacrificing standards so we can provide credible, rigorous, and relevant training and education for our force of combatseasoned Soldiers and leaders. It argues that we must establish a continuum of learning from the time Soldiers are accessed until the time they retire. It makes clear that the responsibility for developing Soldiers in this learning continuum is a shared responsibility among the institutional schoolhouse, tactical units, and the individuals themselves.
The Army Learning Concept 2015 does not focus on any particular technology, but rather focuses on the opportunities presented by dynamic virtual environments, by on-line gaming, and by mobile learning. It speaks of access to applications, the blending of physical and virtual collaborative environments, and learning outcomes.
The Army Learning Concept 2015 is nested within our Army’s framework of concepts. The core pillars of this framework are the Army Capstone Concept, the Army Operating Concept, the U.S. Army Training Concept, and the Army Leader Development Strategy. The Army Learning Concept recognizes and addresses the arrival of a new generation of Soldiers in our ranks who have grown up in a digital world.
The goal of The Army Learning Concept 2015 is to ensure that the people of this great Army remain our competitive advantage over our adversaries.
You can download the paper here. Expect more posts on this topic.