Accession Number : ADA297271

Title :   An Initial Evaluation of a Simulation-Based Training Program for Army National Guard Units.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan 94-Jan 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Shlechter, Theodore M. ; Bessemer, David W. ; Nesselroade, Paul K., Jr. ; Anthony, James

PDF Url : ADA297271

Report Date : JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 81

Abstract : This research effort was designed to provide initial empirical information needed to examine the Reserve Component Virtual Training Program's (RCVTP's) instructional effectiveness. A multimethod-multisource research strategy was used to address this objective. Observers collected data from nine units, who executed 45 tables (exercises); fourteen RCVTP instructors completed standard rating forms regarding the performance of 38 armored force units; and 280 training participants completed Likert-scale items regarding their training experience. Data from the different methods indicated that the units further developed their collective tactical skills across the training period. They took significantly less time, made fewer errors, and needed less coaching as their training progressed. The instructors indicated that most units had a greater likelihood of becoming more proficient in critical subtasks than either not improving or becoming less proficient. The participants claimed that they were more proficient after training than before. The RCVTP should continue to be used to train Army National Guard armored units. (KAR) P. 3

Descriptors :   *NATIONAL GUARD, *ARMY TRAINING, *COMPUTER AIDED INSTRUCTION, *TRAINING MANAGEMENT, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, SKILLS, DATA ACQUISITION, INSTRUCTORS, INSTRUCTIONS, TACTICAL WARFARE.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE