SPRING 1956 RESEARCH ON RECONNAISSANCE PATROLLING: A BASIC COURSE IN INDIVIDUAL SKILLS.
Staff memo. on Sub-Task PATROL I,
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA
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The document reports the development and evaluation of a prototypic basic course of instruction for the individual soldier in those individual skills which are prerequisite to more advanced training in reconnaissance patrolling. In a series of experiments, the effects of instruction upon subsequent night proficiency in land navigation and information collection by remote observation were studied under controlled conditions. Information collection by close observation, and individual day and night movement instruction were administered, but objective data relating to these elements of training were not collected. Four experiments, one in land navigation and three in remote observation, were conducted. Method and findings are summarized for each experiment, and activity relating to nonexperimentally evaluated elements of training is covered briefly.
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