In April 1996, General Reimer, the former Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) approved the concept plan for The Army Distributed Learning Program (TADLP), now Distributed Learning System (DLS), to provide overarching long-range programming, planning, funding, and acquisition strategy necessary for distance learning to become a pillar of Army training. DLS is an Acquisition Category 4 Army Component (ACAT 4AC) Major Defense Acquisition Program with Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) oversight and works under the Army Acquisition Executive and through the Army Chief Information Officer, G-6 and Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) for Standard Army Management Information Systems.
HQ Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) is responsible for managing courseware content and development, while execution is managed by DLS. TRADOC and their Major Army Command (MACOM) Commanders, coordinate with DLS on implementation methods for courseware execution requirements. They execute implementation methods within their respective commands, identify and prioritize command requirements for Distributed Learning courses.
Today, TADLP develops and helps to provide access to individual and collective training, Army Modernization Training (AMT), and self-development courses to Soldiers and units, anywhere, anytime using multiple means and technologies.
Today’s Army Distributed Learning Program is a vital arm of the Combined Arms Center and Army University.
FOCUSING ON ACHIEVING THE ARMY's GOALS
TADLP supports the Army goals of improved individual and unit readiness, less disruption of Army families, standardization of training and training management across the Army, and cost savings/cost avoidance for training events, while maintaining the quality of the training experience, at no cost to the Soldier or unit.
The organization is six divisions with oversight provided by the Director of Distributed Learning. The divisions are as follows: Strategic Plans and Policies, Acquisition and Management, Research, Standards and Specifications, The Mobile Learning Division and Joint Distributed Learning. TADLP employs a group of highly skilled professionals dedicated to educating service members and DoD leaders around the globe.