Performance Correlates of the Dragon Training Equipment and the Dragon Weapon System.
Final rept. Dec 73-May 74,
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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The purposes of this study were to 1 Develop a selection program for Dragon gunner trainees 2 Identify the critical knowledges, skills, and abilities needed for optimal performance with Dragon and 3 Determine the discrepancies between those factors required to effectively employ the Dragon training equipment and to effectively employ Dragon. Although it was possible to reliably select individuals with the greatest probability of becoming successful trainees, it was not possible to predict success with the actual weapon system. Moreover, all investigated parameters of performance during training failed to correlate significantly with performance on Dragon. Analysis of videotapes suggested that discrete random errors e.g., flinch-startle responses, rather than the lack of training ability and other performances covered in training, appeared to be accounting for misses. It was concluded that the selection program developed should not be used for general screening purposes--an exceptional trainee was not necessarily an exceptional Dragon gunner. Also, the current training devices failed to meet at least some of the requirements identified. However, a combination of these devices with modifications was judged suitable for use as interim training equipment.
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