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Project Avenger Training Effectiveness Evaluation

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[Technical Report, Technical Report]

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Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems DivisionChief of Naval Air Training

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The DoD services are exploring methods to address growing pilot shortages by re-imagining training methodologies and integrating emerging technologies to create more effective and efficient training. Falling under the umbrella term Training Next, these efforts were started by the Air Force with its experimental Pilot Training Next PTN program and are continuing with the Army and Navy as Aviator Training Next ATN and Naval Aviation Training Next NATN, respectively. NATN implemented its first major syllabus revision in 2020 with Project Avenger, a Fixed Wing Primary syllabus update employing the following novel principles competency-based, individually-tailored learning approach progressive skill development and flexible training event design integration of modern training technologies with a focus on virtual reality VR Small cohort classes with detachment-style culture e.g., led by Officer-in-Charge, dedicated spaces for training and study. To understand the benefits of NATN and Project Avenger, Chief of Naval Air Training CNATRA and Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges Program Office PMA-205 are evaluating its effectiveness and efficiency for training pilots compared to legacy-style training. This report examines the preliminary effectiveness and efficiency of Project Avenger by comparing performance outcomes of Project Avenger student naval aviators SNAs to legacy syllabus SNAs. Recommendations for future iterations of Project Avenger and similar training programs are provided based on the teams analyses and SNA and Instructor Pilot feedback.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Computer Programming and Software

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[A, Approved For Public Release]