A Qualitative Analysis of Contingency Response Element Commander and Operations Officer Training
[Technical Report, Research Paper]
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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This research examines the training programs for Contingency Response Element Commanders and Operations Officers CRE CC and DO in the 621st Contingency Response Wing CRW. Through a qualitative process, this study conducts semi-structured interviews of recently qualified CRE CCs and DOs and a content analysis of the training documents and syllabi to identify themes and factors that affect the quality of training content and processes. Additionally, it explores the potential benefits of using structured training aids such as formal syllabi and simulator tools to conduct upgrade and continuation training. The research identifies factors in the training program that explain the causes of variation in a candidates training regimen and variation in the training processes. Using the levels of cognitive domain framework, the research finds anecdotal evidence from CRE CCs and DOs and the document analysis of the benefits of utilizing a structured process to enact the training program. Ultimately, the research shows a clear need to implement an overarching training strategy that gives candidates the space to exercise in scenario-based training environments to gain experience in a range of contingency response operation missions.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics