DEVELOPMENT OF IMPROVED RIFLE SQUAD TACTICAL AND PATROLLING PROGRAMS FOR THE LIGHT WEAPONS INFANTRYMAN
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE
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This report, on the final subtask of Task RIFLEMAN, presents and evaluates the improved Rifle Squad Tactical and Patrolling training programs developed to increase the combat proficiency of the Light Weapons Infantryman in Advanced Individual Training MOS 111.0. The specific objective was to enable the trainee 1 to integrate previously learned skills and knowledges into effective combat behaviors, 2 to coordinate their use with those of fellow squad members, and 3 to execute tactical actions on orders of squad leaders. The method of research included 1 observation of current training and interviews with experienced instructors at Army training centers in order to identify LWI performance deficiencies, 2 derivation of training content from official Army literature and RIFLEMAN I LWI job descriptions, and 3 sequencing of training content into learning units consisting of exercises to form a complete combat action, progressing from emphasis on individual skills to integration of those skills in the squad. The resulting experimental program was administered to two companies of AIT trainees at Fort Ord, California, and was rated as more, or much more, effective than existing programs.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics