Soldiers can now use smartphones and tablets to access the Army Training Network, the service's primary website for training information and resources.
Previously, soldiers had to use their Common Access Card and a computer to log on to the Army Training Network, according to officials from Combined Arms Center-Training.
The change was directed by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, who directed that a username and password combination be the Army's single point of entry for all things training to ensure all soldiers had easy access to authoritative training information, according to CAC-Training.
"This is a big step forward for the Army," said Col. Thomas Trossen, director of the Training Management Directorate, in a statement. "As we create more apps and web sites for training and training management, we must include the soldier and unit-level training managers at the operational point of need."
Soldiers using the Army Training Network can sign up for a username and password from the website's home page. The username and password is then created through the Defense Manpower Data Center, according to CAC-Training.
Once they have a username and password, soldiers can log on to the Army Training Network using any device that has an Internet connection. Soldiers will still have to use their CAC and a laptop to access information that is categorized as "For Official Use Only," according to CAC-Training.
"Some 93 percent of the information on ATN will be accessible with an Internet connection, username and password," said Charlie Ostrand, the technical branch chief for the Army Training Management System, in a statement. "Units in the field can have online access, and commanders will not have to carry stacks of training documents."
The Army Training Network gives soldiers access to a variety of training resources, including Unit Training Management, NCO Corner, and leader development materials. The site also has links to resources on how to conduct training meetings, event rehearsals, after action reviews and other topics.