Army cutting online programs, to focus on war-fighting

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Army cutting online programs, to focus on war-fighting

It's a slow news day other than the VA Secretary stuff, which I'm not touching with a 155 howitzer, but I came by this baffling story:

The Army is eliminating online training programs and a leave planning requirement as part of a broader push to reduce tasks that take away from time spent on combat readiness.

Army Secretary Mark Esper ended three online mandates this month: media awareness, combatting trafficking in persons and the accident avoidance course. He also lifted several requirements related to unit safety programs and inspections.

Esper and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said in an April 13 memo that mandatory training cannot be available only in online formats and that web-based instruction is not a substitute for training conducted by leaders.

Commanders are free to make “prudent risk-informed decisions” to cut tasks that don’t involve combat, the first of four related memos said.

I say "baffling" above because I am utterly perplexed that there had to be classes online for this.  That screencap above comes from the "combatting trafficking in persons" online course, and you're supposed to click what indicia of human trafficking you can find.  I'm honestly flummoxed by it.   If this is something troops are engaged in, wouldn't it be part of an actual class instead of some online thing?  

I'm going to take this action as a good sign.  All of us who served sat through interminable training classes more than once.  I bet I've gotten the same safety briefing on a Sunday at National Guard training probably 15,000 times.  That may be hyperbole, but it was the exact same speech every time.  Part of it involved not falling asleep as you drove home.  Well, just a thought, but I might have been less exhausted if I didn't have to listen to this same speech for 15 minutes everytime when my commute to the Armory was only 30 minutes. 

Do our troops really need to be taught that human trafficking is bad?  Pretty sure that they already know that.

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