Results of Two USARIEM Self-Report Job Analysis Questionnaires (JAQ's) Conducted with Combat Engineers (MOS 12B)
US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine Natick United States
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Researchers conducted 2 web-administered job analysis questionnaires JAQs among Army combat engineers Military Operational Specialty MOS 12B. One JAQ addressed MOS-specific tasks, the other common soldiering tasks. Tasks were ranked in the following categories most frequently conducted, most important to job, most time consuming, uniform most worn and perceived expectations to perform task. Tasks rated as most important to job were often those reported as most frequently performed. Each task included a small to significant percentage of respondents reporting not having performed task in past 2 years. For both common and MOS-specific tasks, nearly 20 of respondents reported not performing over half the tasks. Expectations and task performance were substantially related. 12Bs reported performing MOS-specific tasks much more often during combat deployments than in garrison settings. More differences than similarities were found between the tasks 12Bs rated as important compared to 12B subject matter experts. Finally, 12Bs identified three tasks not previously addressed.