In a significant overhaul, the US Army is slashing over 340 hours of online training for enlisted soldiers, emphasizing a return to focused, efficient instruction.

This move, announced last Wednesday (May 15), signals a shift in the Army’s training philosophy, prioritizing quality over quantity and ensuring soldiers are prepared for the demands of the modern battlefield.

Cutting the Fat: Identifying Redundancies

The decision comes after a comprehensive review identified redundancies within the existing training structure.

Self-paced online courses (DLCs), previously accounting for a staggering 253 hours, were sometimes deemed unnecessary.

Additionally, structured self-development courses (SSDC) one through six, previously mandatory for enlisted ranks of sergeant and above, have been entirely discontinued. Soldiers already enrolled in these courses are no longer obligated to finish them.

“Information Overload”: Streamlining for Efficiency

“We are scrubbing everything we are asking our soldiers to study,” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Weimer told Army Times. “There is only so much time during the day to do your job, for your personal development, and for your family.”

This streamlining effort acknowledges the growing concern of information overload.

We have added to the point of creating redundancies,” Sgt. Maj. Weimer admitted, referring to the mix of online modules, traditional classroom instruction, and unit-specific training. “[…] and we were overwhelming people.