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Regimental Command Sergeant Major: Command Sergeant Major Richard A. Woodring.

Greetings from the U.S. Army Military Police School!

As I get out and have the opportunity to talk with leaders and Soldiers from across the Regiment, one message that I constantly stress is the importance of keeping up with Army doctrine and initiatives. This is a message that was reinforced during the annual Army Training and Leader Development Conference that I attended. I was very encouraged when I learned about the initiatives that the Army is taking to make Army doctrine more interesting and easier to access.

One of the topics discussed at the Army Training and Leader Development Conference was "living doctrine," which refers to doctrine that will be relevant, interactive, and accessible at the point of need via Web and mobile technology. This will expand the user's experience beyond the pages of the traditional publication and across the human senses.

Living doctrine will be easier to access and update, and it will allow Soldiers to have Army doctrine right at their fingertips. Now that the Army Training Network can be accessed from any mobile device using a Department of Defense Self-Service Access Center login, Soldiers have ready access to countless Army initiatives and information. This initiative, coupled with two applications (or apps)--LeaderMap and Army Comprehensive Doctrine--provide access to Web-based information and videos that help leaders and Soldiers understand the doctrine and formulate thought-provoking questions for discussion.

Another initiative that will be emerging in the near future is the conversion of Web-based doctrine from portable document format (pdf) to E2Books format. This will allow users to bookmark, pinch zoom in/out, highlight, adjust text and, eventually, make annotations within documents. The E2Books format will work with all forms of operating devices and will be scalable to any device screen.

The recent releases of Army Doctrine Reference Publication (ADRP) 1, The Army Profession-, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Pamphlet (Pam) 525-3-1, The U.S. Army Operating Concept: Win in a Complex World--2020-2040', and Field Manual (FM) 6-22, Leader Development, provide invaluable insight about the future of our Army. We will be the drivers of change in the Army, so it is important that we know and understand the Army doctrine and initiatives. I often receive compliments from senior leaders regarding the knowledge and professionalism of our junior Soldiers and comments about how they conduct their duties at a higher level than Soldiers of other military occupational specialties and their civilian counterparts. I attribute this to our great leaders who continually teach and mentor our Soldiers to be the very best. I encourage all of you to learn more about living doctrine and the potential it has to increase our ability to access and understand Army doctrine.

Thank you to all of our Soldiers, civilians, and Family members who make up this great Regiment. You truly make a difference to our Army each and every day!

Preserve the Force!

References:

ADRP 1, The Army Profession, 14 June 2015.

FM 6-22, Leader Development, 30 June 2015.

TRADOC Pam 525-3-1, The U.S. Army Operating Concept: Win in a Complex World--2020-2040, 31 October 2014.

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