A New Army Training System Was Set to Go Live Next Month. But the Switch Is Now Delayed Indefinitely.

December 26, 2023
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The Army was set to launch its new online training platform at the beginning of 2024, retiring the long-maligned Army Learning Management System, or ALMS. But the service says it has delayed the rollout of the new platform indefinitely.

ALMS was set to be taken offline Jan. 4 and replaced with the Army Training Information System, or ATIS, on Jan. 19. But the current system will remain the status quo for the time being, as the service nixed the start of ATIS and has no timeline for a new launch.

“Following a deployment readiness review, the launch of ATIS Learning has been delayed, allowing additional time to migrate legacy training records,” Ellyn Kocher, an Army spokesperson, told Military.com in a statement. “The Jan. 4, 2024 ,deadline for users to complete in-progress training no longer applies.”

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Issues were found with ATIS’ data migration of millions of training records. It’s unclear when that platform will now launch.

ALMS hosts many of the Army’s online training and certification programs, including the Distributed Leader Courses, or DLC, which are prerequisites for noncommissioned officer promotions.

The system has long drawn the ire of the force for being a clunky platform that’s user-unfriendly, lacking an intuitive user interface and known for frequent crashes. Such issues can be devastating for soldiers performing training that can stretch for hours at a time.

ATIS, which will eventually replace ALMS, promises a better user experience, including a better search function to find courses, according to a memo for the force reviewed by Military.com.

The move to delay ATIS comes after years of tech blunders for the Army, most notably the launch of the $600 million Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army, or IPPS-A, which was set to streamline and handle many of the service’s administrative tasks under a single entity.

When that platform went live servicewide in January, it incidentally booted 25,000 Tricare beneficiaries from their health insurance. IPPS-A has also seen numerous issues with basic administrative functions.

Army IgnitED, which handles education benefits, is now in a relatively steady state after roughly two years of tech issues preventing soldiers from attending school. In some cases, beneficiaries had to pay for college out of pocket. The Army has since started a reimbursement effort.

Military.com was first to report on the Army National Guard being behind paying some 13,000 soldiers their enlistment bonuses after the platform that processes those payments spent nearly 20 months out of the last six years offline due to a crash and a server fire.

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