Army Training Network goes mobile -- no CAC required
Soldiers can now access the Army Training Network using smart phones and computer tablets -- with just a username and password.
All users of ATN with a Common Access Card can sign up for a username and password through the Defense Manpower Data Center, the Army said in its announcement. With their username and password, soldiers can then log on to ATN with any device that has an Internet connection.
Charlie Ostrand, technical branch chief for the Army Training Management System, said that users originally needed a CAC card to access ATN even though much of the information it housed is unclassified. But now, a CAC is needed only for information that is For Official Use Only, or FOUO, Ostrand said.
"Some 93 percent of the information on ATN will be accessible with an Internet connection, username and password," he said. "Units in the field can have online access, and commanders will not have to carry stacks of training documents."
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno directed the implementation of username/password access to ATN to ensure widest access to authoritative training information.
"This is a big step forward for the Army. As we create more apps and websites for training and training management, we must include the soldier and unit-level training managers at the operational point of need," said Col. Thomas J. Trossen, director of the Training Management Directorate.
ATN provides access to a number of training resources such as Unit Training Management, NCO Corner, Combined Arms Training Strategies, the Digital Training Management System (CAC users only) and leader development materials.
In addition, the site has links to videos to help with conducting training meetings, event rehearsals, after-action reviews and other topics. ATN's search feature allows commanders to find the information they need to develop versatile units and innovative leaders.
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