Our Top 5 Military App Ideas
Apps could be an extremely useful tool for defense workers and the military in general. In its simplest implementation, apps could enable deployed personnel to easily and securely access essential resources and information during an operation while away from the base.
Although there are apps available in the market that are catered to the military, it can be a challenge to match these to the specific needs of each unit. Investing in these apps could be counterproductive if they can’t be used at the right time, for the right needs and securely.
So our team has come up with a list of some military app ideas that we think most units could benefit from, to help you create your own apps to meet your own needs.
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1. Mapping and reporting app
Gathering intelligence and actionable data is a key part of military work, but ensuring that this can be interpreted as efficiently as possible is just as important.
Apps can help the military both gather and interpret intelligence better, for example by using GPS technology to map the intelligence and achieve more accurate results.
A mapping app can do this in several ways:
- By allowing soldiers to submit data such as activity reports, logs and observations alongside GPS location, date, time and other contextual information.
- By including media such as images and video to make data more accurate.
- By collecting all this data in a central database where it can be processed and distributed if necessary.
- By tracking all people movements and determining what routes are less travelled, allowing you to better plot future routes.
A mapping app can also be used by soldiers to track their route if they get lost by retracing their steps. Or if they need assistance, they could simply send their location via the app!
With a solution like Fliplet, app users don’t even need to have an internet connection for many purposes, including data collection, because all data is gathered offline and transmitted on the next available connection.
2. Handbook app
With a handbook app you can ensure soldiers have all the information on them that they may need during an operation. In the app, you can include basic handbook information in a format that is easy to read and consult, in contrast to PDF documents that would require them to waste time scrolling down to find relevant information. This could include interactive features such as images, video, graphs and any form of interactive content.
For example, you could divide each manual chapter into a different app section, allowing soldiers to jump straight to the relevant ones from a central menu. This would make navigation more convenient, allowing them to arrive at the desired information quicker.
From ranger handbooks covering ambush operations and counterintelligence to more basic survival and first aid information, there is no limit to the amount of resources your soldiers could now have easy access to anywhere.
3. Utility apps
Soldiers need a variety of tools during an operation, but carrying the required instruments can be inconvenient. But what if they could access some of these via their mobile device?
There are many apps available providing tools such as compass, knot tying techniques, unit conversions, etc. You could create a simple app covering all key ones, keeping them in one place for ease of access.
And if you want to go a step further, you could even include other tools to help improve military personnel’s wellbeing, for example breathing techniques to help reduce stress. The possibilities are endless and at their fingertips.
4. Training app
The military is increasingly using gaming to train personnel, as this medium provides a realistic and immersive experience that is much more effective than other forms of learning.
Games are in fact the most effective forms of learning, perhaps second to real-life simulations, and with an app you can allow military personnel to access it no matter where they are. This can prove invaluable for example in preparation for an operation.
There are many areas that your training app could cover, including:
- Gun training. Improving soldiers’ knowledge of guns and nuclear weapons.
- Sniper simulations. Simulate operations such as terrorist attacks, requiring users to follow appropriate response plans.
- Combat. Include tactics and techniques for close combat, such as fighting techniques during armed and unarmed confrontations.
- Fitness. Help soldiers maintain their fitness through a series of fitness exercises to build muscular strength, flexibility and cardio.
5. Base directory app
Finally, a base directory app is a great place to include all essential information about the military base and other surrounding bases. In this app you could include literally any base information that you think personnel should have access to, but these are some of the key points that we think would be useful to include:
- Maps and floor plans
- Canteen information
- Surrounding area maps
- Emergency contact details
In this article we included five key military app ideas that we think could really make a difference, but without a doubt there are many more ideas out there that could help.
If you’ve come across any key or interesting ones, please let us know in the comments section below – we’d love to hear from you!