Accession Number : ADA585075
Title : Examine the Impact of Training Duration on Retention
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.
Corporate Author : SWA CONSULTING INC RALEIGH NC
Personal Author(s) : Borneman, Matthew J ; Fried, David D ; Gissel, Amanda ; Lambert, Cristina ; McGinnis, Jennifer L ; Surface, Eric A
Report Date : Sep 2012
Pagination or Media Count : 43
Abstract : The purpose of this report is to provide Special Operations Forces (SOF) language program administrators with evidence-based conclusions and recommendations pertaining to how initial acquisition training (IAT) duration impacts SOF operators' ability to retain their language capability, specifically after formal training has been completed. Three sources of information were synthesized in this report: (1) the current literature, (2) a meta-analytic review, and (3) an original empirical study investigating the relationship between IAT duration and skill-level retention in the SOF language training environment. Despite gaps in the empirical literature on this topic, results from the primary SOF study indicate that IAT duration has an impact on SOF operators' initial proficiency; however, this impact lessens over time for both Category I/II and Category III/IV languages. Recommendations include further research on the relationship between initial training duration and skill-level retention, and a possible reduction in IAT length for Category I/II and Category III/IV languages based on the end-goal of IAT.
Descriptors : *FOREIGN LANGUAGES , *MILITARY TRAINING , *PROFICIENCY , *RETENTION(PSYCHOLOGY) , *SKILLS , *SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES , AIR FORCE PERSONNEL , ARMY PERSONNEL , LEARNING , LITERATURE SURVEYS , LONG RANGE(TIME) , SCHOOLS , SHORT RANGE(TIME)
Subject Categories : Humanities and History
Military Forces and Organizations
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE