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Army July 5, 2012
IN MY last update I under-
took to share with you
some of the simple ideas
being implemented that
enable Army to deliver
capability more efficiently
and cost effectively.
One recent example
relates to the operating
hours of the Weapons
System (WTSS) at the
Army Recruit Training
Centre at Kapooka.
A review of WTSS
usage during reduced activ-
ity periods identified that
Army was paying for ser-
vices that were not being
As a result, Army has
renegotiated the service
delivery contract to align WTSS
operating hours with the training
The savings from this ini-
tiative will be reinvested in the
purchase of additional simulators
and support in other WTSS facili-
ties throughout the Army.
This reinvestment will include
additional M4 and 9mm simu-
lators to be purchased for the
WTSS facility at Duntroon and
further support to be provided
for the new indirect fire/forward
air controller system for Sydney-
opens the door to
I am certain that there are
many other similar opportunities
to find reforms that eliminate
waste and free up resources that
can directly or indirectly contrib-
ute to current and future Army
I encourage everyone to apply
their initiative and pass sugges-
tions up through the chain of com-
mand. Even the small initiatives
soon add up.
For more information on how to submit
innovative ideas go to http://intranet.
Maj-Gen Angus Campbell
THE Army Learning Production Centre
has been awarded for its latest computer-
based learning software.
The Maths Bridging Package took first
place for Best New Initiative in the eLearn-
ing Adopter category at the Learning and
Technology Impact Awards announced on
The software was created to reduce the
high failure rate of trade transfer trainees.
The maths bridging project was the first
managed by Lt Karen Lewis, who led a team
of learning centre specialists and developed
the package from scratch.
"It usually takes about six months to a
year to make a program but this took about
two years," she said.
"Normally a product might have 100
screens this one has over 1200 screens."
According to Directorate of Workforce
Management -- Army, initial trade training
results showed the package is having a signif-
icant positive impact and is the most request-
ed learning program in the centre's library.
A second program dealing with physics is
already in the advanced development stage.
The Maths Bridging Package is one of
more than 80 products in the learning cen-
tre catalogue covering topics from weapons
and pre-deployment training to trade-specific
packages and historical documentaries.
The Army Learning Production Centre packages are
available from http://alpc/products/ on the DRN.
On a winner with
Training package is the most requested on learning centre site
Skilling up: The Maths Bridging
Package is a freely available
online course designed to
help soldiers transferring into
technical trades. It won the
best new initiative award in the
eLearning Adopter category at
the Learning and Technology
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