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The Army Training Information System: An Overview and Update

The Army’s New Training Information System: The Shocking Delay and What It Means for You


The Army’s plan to launch the Army Training Information System (ATIS) as a replacement for the Army Learning Management System (ALMS) has been met with delays, leaving users in anticipation of the new system. This article provides an overview of the ATIS, the reasons for the delay, and the impact on training records and operations.

The Planned Retirement of Army Learning Management System (ALMS)

The Army planned to retire the Army Learning Management System (ALMS) and replace it with the Army Training Information System (ATIS) at the beginning of 2024. Soldiers have long criticized ALMS for its outdated look, confusing user interface, and limited functionality. The Army planned to take it offline on January 4th, with ATIS launching on January 19th. However, ALMS will continue to be the primary platform for soldiers and the system of record for Army online training.

An army training logo with a soldier in front of a green background, representing the innovative learning management system (ALMS) used by ATIS.

What is the Army Training Information System (ATIS)?

The Army Training Information System (ATIS) is a $237.2 million advanced online training platform designed by government contractor Perspecta to replace the outdated Army Learning Management System (ALMS) (Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems 2020). It is equipped with modern features and capabilities to enhance the training experience for Army personnel. Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) designed ATIS to seamlessly integrate with existing Army training infrastructure and systems, providing a more efficient and user-friendly platform for training management (Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems 2021).

Here are a few of the key features and capabilities of ATIS:

  1. Centralized Training Management: ATIS provides a centralized platform for managing all aspects of Army training. It allows users to track and monitor training activities, resources, and personnel.
  2. Training Content Repository: ATIS serves as a repository for training content, including lesson plans, manuals, videos, and other multimedia resources. It provides easy access to various training materials to support Army personnel in their learning and development.
  3. Training Development Tools: ATIS offers tools for creating and designing training programs. These tools enable trainers to develop custom training courses, assessments, and evaluations to meet specific training objectives.
  4. Learning Management System (LMS): ATIS includes an LMS that allows users to deliver and manage Army online training courses. It supports the creation of interactive e-learning modules, assessments, and certifications.
  5. Individual Training Records: ATIS maintains individual training records for Army personnel. It tracks completed courses, certifications, and qualifications, providing a comprehensive view of each individual’s training history and progress.
  6. Training Needs Analysis: ATIS helps identify training needs by analyzing performance gaps and competency requirements. It provides insights into the skills and knowledge gaps within the Army, enabling training planners to develop targeted training programs.
  7. Training Scheduling and Resource Management: ATIS facilitates the scheduling of training events and manages training resources such as classrooms, equipment, and instructors. It ensures efficient resource allocation and minimizes scheduling conflicts.
  8. Reporting and Analytics: ATIS generates comprehensive reports and analytics on training activities, performance metrics, and compliance. It enables commanders and training managers to assess the effectiveness of training programs and make data-driven decisions.
  9. Mobile Access: ATIS supports mobile access, allowing Army personnel to access training materials and resources on-the-go. This feature enhances flexibility and enables learning anytime, anywhere.
  10. Integration with Other Systems: ATIS integrates with other Army systems, such as human resources management systems and personnel databases. This integration ensures seamless data flow and enhances the accuracy of training records.

Overall, ATIS is a robust platform that streamlines training management, supports learning and development, and enhances the effectiveness of Army training programs. Eventual integration with existing Army training infrastructure and systems like the Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army (IPPS-A) will improve the soldiers’ online experience and modernize career development.

ATIS Learning Fact Sheets, October 2022

PEO EIS released the following marketing materials to highlight the transition from ALMS 4.0 to ATIS. Unfortunately, unless you actively follow random Army agencies, this information remained buried in the annals of the DoD Internet. And, let’s be honest, no one is eagerly retweeting these agencies for their clout. If they want to build awareness, they have to build a marketing campaign that speaks to the soldiers.

Additionally, agencies like these need to rollout previews so personnel will know what to expect. The digital equivalent to a shotgun blast to the face when a system (we are looking at you IPPS-A) strolls onto the scene and causes all types of chaos is exhausting for everyone. Image Credit: PEO EIS

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Reasons for the Delay in ATIS Rollout

According to Ellyn Kocher, an Army spokesperson, the delay is due to the need for additional time to migrate legacy training records. While specifics surrounding the decision remain unclear, it is evident that the Army is taking a cautious approach to ensure a smooth transition from ALMS to ATIS. As a result, the January 4th, 2024 deadline for users to complete their in-progress training no longer applies (Beynon 2023).

The postponement raises a myriad of questions. What challenges did the Army encounter during the deployment readiness review? Are there technical difficulties that need to be addressed? How will this indefinite delay impact our soldiers’ overall training process and readiness? These are just a few concerns that have arisen since the announcement. While the Army works diligently behind the scenes to resolve any issues and prepare for the eventual launch of ATIS, soldiers and trainers must continue navigating the familiar territory of ALMS. But one thing is sure – when ATIS finally makes its debut, it will undoubtedly usher in a new era of training excellence for our brave men and women in uniform. Until then, we will patiently await further updates and keep our eyes peeled for any new developments in this eagerly anticipated transition.

Migration of Legacy Training Records: A Time-Consuming Process

Migrating legacy training records from ALMS to ATIS is a complex task that requires meticulous attention to detail. The Army must ensure that all training data is accurately transferred from one system to another without any loss or corruption. This process involves identifying and categorizing thousands of individual training records, verifying their accuracy, and mapping them onto the new system’s structure. It also requires extensive testing and validation procedures to ensure all data is successfully migrated and accessible within ATIS.

ATIS Program Components


Impact on Training Records, Operations, and Army Online Training

With the delay in the ATIS rollout, the status of in-progress training has been affected, as the previous deadline for completion no longer applies. The Army has implemented mitigation measures to address the impact on training records and operations during this transitional period. PEO EIS implemented moderately effective communication and support mechanisms to assist users in navigating the challenges arising from the delay. We say this as many soldiers were unaware of a change unless they logged into the system for mandatory training and read the system notification before closing it. Many remain unaware of any changes because the Army has not made a compelling digital argument for soldiers to use ALMS outside the required annual courses.

Fortunately, the Army mitigated the potential impact on training records by delaying the rollout. All mandatory Army online training remains available on the Army Learning Management System (ALMS) and operating as usual during the transition period.

Future Timeline for ATIS Launch

While the launch of ATIS has been delayed indefinitely, the Army is actively working to establish a new timeline for the system’s rollout. Users are encouraged to stay informed and prepared for the eventual transition to ATIS, which promises significant benefits and improvements in training management and operations. The Army remains committed to delivering a robust and efficient training information system for its personnel.

The mission of Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) is to align its five project management offices with an emphasis on modernizing the Army’s enterprise business systems (Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems 2020). We expect the additional investment in time to advance and optimize the military online training experience. We believe most will agree if they trip over themselves at launch, soldiers will not use the system until forced to. We will update this article as the program develops a timeline and moves into Initial Operational Capability (IOC) and then, hopefully, becomes Fully Mission Capable (FMC).

Conclusion: Anticipating the Arrival of ATIS – A New Era of Training Excellence

Despite the delay, there is still much anticipation for the eventual launch of ATIS. Once released, soldiers can look forward to a new era of training excellence. ATIS’s advanced features and user-friendly interface have the potential to revolutionize Army training by providing a more personalized and engaging learning experience. Soldiers will benefit from tailored training paths, interactive modules, and real-time progress tracking that will enhance their skills and readiness.

The delay in the rollout of the Army Training Information System (ATIS) has brought uncertainty and challenges for users and training operations. Despite the setback, the Army is addressing the complexities and ensuring a smooth transition to ATIS in the future. As updates on the new launch timeline emerge, users can look forward to the enhanced capabilities and benefits ATIS will offer in managing and conducting training within the Army. Last, the delay in launching ATIS has raised questions about what happened and what it means for Army training. The migration of legacy training records, challenges encountered during the deployment readiness review, technical difficulties in transitioning to ATIS, and implications on soldier readiness all contribute to this delay. While soldiers continue using ALMS, they can anticipate an eventual transition to ATIS. This system promises to revolutionize Army training and usher in a new era of excellence. As we patiently await further updates on the launch timeline, we can rest assured that it will be worth the wait when ATIS finally arrives

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