Army Correspondence Courses

You. Hello, everyone.

This is going to be a quick video tutorial on how to register for correspondence courses, since a lot of people have been asking about that.

When you guys go to the board, that’s one of the things they’ll look at. If you have 0 hours on there or you have not a lot of hours, but you have a lot of time in service, that’s not going to be a great impression for you.

So knock these out, get them out of the way early. You don’t want to have to cram them all while you’re waiting to pin five.

Just take them here and there over the years, and then it won’t seem so daunting. But yeah, don’t wait until you’re trying to make the E-5 list and you’re like, well, I’m going to try to do 400 hours now before next month’s list comes out, because that’s just not fun. Anyways, you can get up to 80 promotion points for correspondence courses for E-5 and 90 for E-6. You can max out those points by for E-5 completing 400 hours of correspondence courses or for E-6 450 hours of correspondence courses. It’s not actually like you’re sitting in front of your computer for 400 hours.

You might take ten different courses that are 40 hours each, but you could have done that in a couple of weeks. It’s just the hours are what the class is worth. They’re not really what you spend at the computer. What I recommend is taking courses you are very comfortable with, that you think you can pass the test without going through all the modules.

That’s the most time-efficient way to earn these points here. So go on Google with a CAC reader, search for Army ALMS or LMS, Army LMS.

Click on here. It’ll bring you to that login page like all the other Army websites where you need your CAC.

You’ll land on this first page. Click on the homepage, which will bring you to the version that I’m more used to that’s been around for years of ALMS, and go down to search.

As an example, since it’s worth a lot of hours, I’ll use that Operating Room Tech one as an example.

Here it is.

Operating Room Specialist. So this is like a sustainment course for 68 Deltas.

There’s some good stuff in here. You learn a little bit about the sterile field, a little more about sterile field and certain operating procedures and instruments.

Not quite a lot of stuff you use as a medic. It does have anatomy and stuff in there, too, but it is worth a lot of points, so we can take that one. Most courses on ALMS, you must register through ATRRS, because I think the military just likes using as many websites as possible for one function and just making things difficult in general.

I digress. Operating Room Specialists. All right, you come on here.

It’s going to tell you, “I want ATRRS.” Think about ATRRS. You can only log on to ATRRS on a DoD network, which I just learned this morning after lots and lots of frustration. But anyways, if you try it from home, this is what it’s going to give you.

I’ll throw up the instructions real quick.

All right.

This is how you would register for a course on ATRRS.

Not able to show it to you here, but that’s how you do it. You can take a picture of that, so you have it on your phone. So, next time you’re at work, or if you want to swing by the library and get on a DoD network to register, you’ll have the steps with you.

So once you complete those steps, it says 24 hours to confirm. However, I don’t think I’ve ever waited more than like ten or 15 minutes before I received an email in my military email saying I could go back and take the course.

So once you go back to ALMS on your homepage, this course that you just signed up for, like let’s say I had signed up for Operating Room Specialist, it would appear here alphabetically on your active learning page. Then you can click on the course once it’s here before, where it said right here, where my cursor is, where it said “Not Completed,” it would have said “Not Registered.” Right?

But once you’re registered, it’ll come up here and then you can open it up and begin taking the module. So for the correspondence courses, they’re all going to start with a letter of instruction, which basically tells you it’s like a big thing, like, don’t cheat. This is the operating search engine, excuse me, everything that works best on there.

And then you’ll have the actual training.

And for your correspondence courses, there’s going to be a third row here for a test.

All right?

So you can launch the actual training. These trainings you can save as a PDF.

I highly recommend doing that. Just save it as a PDF. Go down to the test, launch the test.

Anytime you get stuck on a question, go to your PDF and you can control f to that chapter.

So it’s basically like an open notebook test. It didn’t say anything about us not being allowed to do that in the LOI. So I’m assuming, although that seems a little sus. Yeah, we’ll just call it an open notebook test. Anyways, that’s how you can get some hours. If any of you like more specifics, more specific help with it when we get to work in the office, if the two computers are ever available, I’ll be glad to show you on that, too.

All right, cool.

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