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Army infantrymen conduct training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 26, 2020. U.S. (Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount)

The Army is changing the way it trains its soldiers. The plan calls for a revamped training management system, updated facilities, an increase in live virtual training, and the release of a new field manual.

“We must bring the training to the soldier, not the soldier to the training,” said Gen. Paul Funk II, commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

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Soldiers can expect to see the Army Training Information System (ATIS) in place by September 2023. Once ATIS is up and running, it should provide a venue for sharing lessons learned.

“The system will bring together over 28 separate and distinct stove-piped legacy systems into one integrated training management tool,” Funk said.

The new field manual will be the first update since 2016, and will emphasize the necessity to be ready to fight in multiple domains. More attention will be dedicated to rising threats posed by China and Russia. It will include details on the service’s training network and digital training, refinement of the combined arms training strategy, a tool for small-unit leaders, and a digital job book.

The manual will “simplify our training doctrine by reintroducing the training management cycle. It also takes on the critical role of the senior leaders and our noncommissioned officers in our training at echelon,” Funk said.