PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF LIGHT WEAPONS INFANTRYMEN (MOS 111.0), GRADUATES OF THE ADVANCED INDIVIDUAL TRAINING COURSE (ATP 7-17)
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE
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To evaluate combat readiness and to educe factors contributing to unsatisfactory performance, an evaluation exercise, which simulated the first 21 hours of combat experienced by replacements assigned to a rifle squad, was administered to 51 men upon completion of 16 weeks of basic and advanced individual training. None of the subjects had had prior military service. The men were evaluated individually in a variety of situations which required response to commands, decision making, and the choice and use of weapons under combat-like conditions. Acceptable levels of performance were defined by military personnel familiar with each situation and with the conditions that prevailed during the evaluation. The results provide a detailed empirical basis for specific recommendations concerning weapon instruction and tactical training designed to result in greater combat readiness at the end of 16 weeks of individual training.