Fort Leavenworth’s leadership development center has released its first doctrine audiobook as part of a pilot program, making it the first time the U.S. Army uses this format to distribute a doctrine.
The first publication produced as an audiobook is Field Manual 3-0, Operations, which marked the shift in the Army's focus toward large-scale combat operations when published in October 2017, the service said in an announcement.
The audiobook is a collaboration between U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate and supported the Army Training Support Center - Mobile Learning Division and Enterprise Multimedia Center.
"Doctrine audiobooks give Soldiers another way to receive information and learn by letting them increase their professional knowledge while doing other things, like working out or commuting," said Col. Rich Creed, Combined Arms Center director, in a statement. "We are pleased by the flexibility the audio format provides to the majority of people in the Army, who don't usually carry doctrinal manuals around with them every day."
The Combined Arms Center is now working on audiobook versions of FM 2-0, Intelligence, and ADPs 3-90, Offense and Defense, and 7-0, Training. They will be available later this summer.