Is the AF’s Digital University the future of IT training?
As the Air Force’s Digital University (DU) program gets closer to launching – either in late December or early January 2021 – it’s adding vendor partners to help train service members in core technology areas such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity and software development.
Anyone in the service with an af.mil email account — government civilians, active-duty military or military reservists — and any level of tech-savvy can access DU’s 7,000-plus classes. Since the end of June, almost 5,000 people – from novices to experts — have completed about 10,000 hours of training.
Currently in beta testing, DU partnered with three private-sector digital training providers to create customized learning paths to help service members develop new tech skills. Udemy handles initial to intermediate levels, Pluralsight takes the middle range and Udacity covers the top group. That means service members working in Air Force technology labs such as AFWERX, Kessel Run and LevelUP Cyber Works can also benefit from the trainings.