Mobile campus lets soldiers in Afghanistan continue their education
- By Defense Systems Staff
- Jan 23, 2014
Soldiers in forward areas in Afghanistan can now get training and take educational courses on-site with the Deployed Digital Training Campus, a satellite-connected system that delivers courses ranging from tele-training to high-definition gaming.
DDTC, a mobile, networked system of 21 workstations, servers and other networking equipment, acts as the Education Center for FOB Airborne in Afghanistan, the Army PEO-Enterprise Information Systems said.
The system, which uses a very small aperture terminal (VSAT) to gain Internet access via Satellite, can deliver Web-based courses, eLearning courses, video tele-training, Voice over IP services, collaborative training, access to the Army Learning Management System (ALMS) and the Army’s Virtual BattleSpace 2 gaming system, which provides interactive lessons based on battlefield situations.
DDTC, which was set up in less than two hours before its initial use in August and located in a room near the center of the base, is available to more than 1,400 Soldiers at FOB Airborne, the Army said.
The system uses training management software, such Saba Learning, to keep current with ALMS. The types of courses offer include:
• Correspondence courses.
• Advanced leader courses.
• Mandatory training.
• ALMS courses.
• Army Training Requirements and Resource Systems courses.
• Defense Acquisition University courses.
• Reimer Digital Library Army Training and Education Network courses.
The Army said the goal behind DDTC is to allow soldiers to take college and structured self-development courses to maximize their training and gain promotion points.
“I would love to use this system back at Fort Stewart, Ga.,” said SPC Nicholas Hayes, who manages the center. “Having a designated area just for our [brigade], with multiple computer access is very ideal for soldiers to conduct Sergeant’s Time Training and other Army/educational related requirements.”