By Capt. Matthew Johnson, QMS Logistics Training Department /
In January of 2017, the Quartermaster School, Logistics Training Department began work on an initiative to create a Property Accountability Virtual Playbook (PAVPB); a computer based training resource that promotes property accountability and improves Army Readiness.
Army leaders have the responsibility to achieve and sustain Army Readiness, and to ensure that their Soldiers have the right types and quantities of equipment needed to fight and win on the battlefield. The Department of the Army’s excess equipment and Financial Liability Investigations of Property Loss (FLIPLs) derived from inventories indicate that the Army is attacking the problem, but that challenges remain with Soldier knowledge of property accountability principles.
To address the knowledge gap, the U.S. Army Quartermaster School assembled a team of experts spanning several different organizations to design and develop an interactive training product, the PAVPB, with an overall objective of improving property accountability across the Army.
The PAVPB is an online computer based interactive virtual 3D training resource that is designed to teach users about property accountability by demonstrating the proper way to conduct a change of command inventory. The target audience for the PAVPB is non-logistician leaders across the Army from commanders to sub-hand receipt holders.
The PAVPB scenario focuses on the change of command inventory to demonstrate proper property accountability techniques because it is one of the most important types of inventories conducted at the tactical level. It is the one time that a company commander will be fully dedicated to property accountability for all the equipment in their unit. The change of command inventory is also the baseline inventory from which quarterly, cyclic and sensitive item inventories are derived. The user will learn about the people, property and processes that are encountered during the pre-inventory, inventory, and post-inventory phases of a change of command inventory.
The PAVPB users will conduct a virtual inventory of a Stryker ICV, Abrams Tank and three different weapons systems. It will explain the roles of the officers, warrant officers and noncommissioned officers who are involved in the change of command process and work to help ensure property accountability. With the Army’s transition from the Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced (PBUSE) to the Global Combat Support System – Army (GCSS-Army), the PAVPB also helps to familiarize the user with the new terminology inherent to GCSS-Army that they will continue to encounter throughout the Army. The PAVPB will also include tactics, techniques and procedures and best practices that have been collected from units and subject matter experts across the Army. It will link users to valuable property accountability and Command Supply Discipline Program (CSDP) resources and references to assist all who have responsibility for property across the Army.
Teamwork and Collaboration
The PAVPB is being developed in-house via CASCOM’s G3/5/7 Training Technology Division. The Training Technology Division supports all of CASCOM’s proponents by integrating different technological capabilities to alleviate specific needs or learning gaps without sacrificing standards to provide credible, relevant, and on demand training and education for Soldiers and leaders. By leveraging an in-house development team, the Quartermaster School has afforded itself the capability to develop engaging and interactive training products of varying levels of interactivity that can be published to multiple platforms and accessed at the point of need with precision and without unnecessary cost, helping to maintain a shared responsibility to support the learning continuum of Soldiers among the institutional schoolhouse and operational force.
Collaboration with the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Ordnance School at Fort Lee, Virginia, along with input from GCSS-Army developers in Midlothian, Virginia, have combined to create rapid progress towards completion of the playbook. The CASCOM G3/5/7 Training Technology Division has been rapidly prototyping 3D rendered environments, vehicles, weapon systems and equipment that the user will be able to interact with as they proceed through the inventory process. Great care is being taken to ensure that the PAVPB is user friendly and does not require CAC card access to use. The end product is also intended to be adaptable for mobile versions and touch screen deployment.
The collective efforts of numerous individuals, all experts in their fields, have already yielded impressive results towards the creation of a final product. After review and approval by PAO, JAG and OPSEC, the Property Accountability Virtual Playbook is intended to be published on multiple platforms to include Sustainment One Stop, Army Training Network and additional public facing websites. The PAVPB is tentatively scheduled for release in October of 2017, pending feedback from the field and the results of beta testing. Upon completion, the Property Accountability Virtual Playbook will provide Soldiers across the Army with a valuable resource that will provide training on property accountability and promote Army Readiness.