Accession Number : ADA419670


Title :   Training Effectiveness Evaluation of the Full Spectrum Command Game


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jun 2002-Oct 2003


Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BENNING GA


Personal Author(s) : Beal, Scott A ; Christ, Richard E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a419670.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2004


Pagination or Media Count : 70


Abstract : Fifty-four officers in the Infantry Captains Career Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, participated in a training effectiveness evaluation of a video game named Full Spectrum Command (FSC). Half were assigned to play FSC and participate in normal course work for commanding a light Infantry company in urban offensive operations; the other half did only the normal course work. Pre-FSC measures were for military experience, general cognitive ability, and decision-making style. A questionnaire administered to officers who played FSC documented their sense of personal involvement in the FSC environment, their perception of the training value of the game, and their opinions of FSC strengths and weaknesses. Officers in both groups were assessed individually for the adaptiveness of their decision-making behavior as the commander of a light Infantry company during a tactical exercise using the Janus simulation. Shortcomings in experimental procedures confounded between-groups comparisons for adaptive decision-making behaviors, but other results suggest FSC can provide tactical experiences with potential training value. Prior military experience was related to personal involvement with FSC, perceived training value of FSC, adaptive decision-making behavior in Janus, and decision-making style. Officers who played FSC identified its strengths and changes desired in future versions of the game.


Descriptors :   *ARMY PERSONNEL , *VIRTUAL REALITY , *COMBAT SIMULATION , MILITARY OPERATIONS , DECISION MAKING , SKILLS , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , COGNITION , OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS , MILITARY EXERCISES


Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE