Accession Number : ADA331417

Title :   Assessment of SIMITAR: Status Report One.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Nov 95-Apr 97,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Orlansky, Jessie ; Metzko, John ; Morrison, John ; Pickell, Greg

PDF Url : ADA331417

Report Date : APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 136

Abstract : This report describes progress in evaluating the effectiveness of SIMITAR (Simulation in Training for Advanced Readiness) training technology to improve the performance of Army National Guard (ARNG) brigades. The evaluation focuses first on the 48th Infantry Brigade training at the National Training Center (NTC) in 1996 and second on the 116th Cavalry Brigade at annual training (AT) and home station training. The report also describes the plan for completing the SIMITAR evaluation. SIMITAR involves about 25 interventions (devices, courses, procedures, and strategies) for training numerous ARTEP (Army Training and Evaluation Program) derived tasks. The SIMITAR evaluation involves measuring performance of those tasks in NTC and AT field exercises. Since no ARNG units had recently trained at the NTC, there was no training performance benchmark for the 48th Brigade at NTC 96. However, the fact that some of over 500 tasks considered at NTC 96 are trainable by SIMITAR devices and courses while other tasks are not provides an alternative benchmarking option: performance on tasks not trained by SIMITAR benchmarks the performance of SIMITAR-trained tasks. The NTC training evaluation focuses on large collectives (brigade, battalion) whereas most SIMITAR devices and courses train individuals and small collectives (crew, squad, platoon). Field exercises at AT are better suited for evaluating lower organizational level performance. There is statistical evidence-in addition to users' testimony-that SIMITAR training evaluated so far improves training performance.

Descriptors :   *NATIONAL GUARD, *SIMULATION, *ARMY TRAINING, TEST AND EVALUATION, MEASUREMENT, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, MILITARY STANDARDS, COURSES(EDUCATION), MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, SQUAD LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS.

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE