Accession Number : ADP001379

Title :   Computer Assisted Task Selection in US Army SQT(Skill Qualification Test) Development,

Corporate Author : ARMY TRAINING SUPPORT CENTER FORT EUSTIS VA

Personal Author(s) : Smith,Robert M.

Report Date : 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : The SQT is the US Army's major diagnostic instrument for evaluation of individual training and is an annual assessment of performance on 25 to 35 selected tasks. These tasks are selected by the service school which is proponent for each Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). However, there is little formal input from field units within this task selection process. The Computer Assisted Task Selection (CATS) system is a data driven technology intensive alternative to the current SQT development system. CATS actively involves the field in the task selection process early in the SQT development cycle and continually solicits and monitors input from units regarding the importance of evaluating various tasks. The CATS system operates on an automated data base of military tasks which is updated frequently with results of field surveys and on-going SQT testing and adjusts the content of the developing test plan in accordance with the subjective and objective requirements of the field. Through the use of self-adjusting automated systems like CATS the Army may produce more relevant, timely, and higher quality training products at lower cost.

Descriptors :   *Army training, *Army personnel, *Computer applications, *Job analysis, Test construction(Psychology), Field Army, Data bases, Information retrieval, Operational effectiveness, Automation, Personnel management, Performance(Human), Manpower utilization, Optimization, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE