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


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a585075.pdf


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
      Linguistics
      Psychology
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE