DVIDS – News – Virtual Branch Outreach Platform Leads Branch Cadets to Success, Expands with Live Events

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — For Army Cadets deciding which branch to choose, access to accurate, up-to-date information is critical to success.

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command launched the Virtual Branch Outreach platform in 2020 in response to COVID-19 restrictions on in-person branch selection events, but it has evolved into an interactive platform that provides guidance to cadets at the start of their career in the military. .

“When COVID hit and we couldn’t get everyone together for cadet summer training, we needed a way to direct cadets to branches. So we created, in six weeks, a rudimentary VBO on an existing web-based platform,” said John Bessler, Division Manager, Accessions Manager, Accessions Directorate. “TRADOC has recognized the value of having this virtual platform available 24/7, on demand.”

Since the launch of VBO, TRADOC, in partnership with Gabriel Enterprises, has incorporated user feedback to expand the platform and meet the needs of cadets.

“There have been a lot of content improvements for VBO as a platform as well as for live sessions,” said Yuliya Manyakina, User Experience Researcher, Gabriel Enterprises. “We really worked with the branches to make the sessions shorter and more interactive, really focusing on the questions the cadets have.”

VBO is made up of branch-run “booths” that contain resources, videos, and live recordings. Cadets can download and save branch summaries, branch timelines and other tools. Each booth has a host, who can answer questions from cadets in real time.
VBO is the authoritative source on the Internet for topics related to branching, as the information comes directly from branch experts. Branches regularly update their content to ensure that all information is correct and up-to-date.

“You can learn from the program itself, including what the different branches are and where you can be stationed. There are many ways to use the platform to better understand the benefits of military service,” Bessler said.

VBO is also holding live events, the next series is scheduled for October 3-7. Events will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. A full schedule can be viewed at https://vbo.army.mil/.

“Events are a really great way for cadets to identify their talent profile, learn about branches, and interact with other cadets in real time,” Manyakina said. “Because they are live, cadets can ask branch officers questions.”

Cadets of any year can benefit from the wide range of events and resources that VBO has to offer.

“If you’re a cadet, you might assume that a certain branch would match your talent. I would say go to VBO and test those assumptions,” Manyakina said. “Join a session, learn more about a branch, and you might be surprised at what you discover.”

VBO is accessible from all devices and anyone can create an account to view resources and live streams. Visit https://vbo.army.mil/ to learn more.

Date taken: 28.09.2022
Date posted: 28.09.2022 16:37
Story ID: 430290
Location: WE

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