Trial Implementations of the Tank Crewman Skills Training Program (TCST)
Final rept. May 1977-Jun 1978
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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This report describes the adaptation of a modular, performance based, individually-paced tank crewman skills training program TCST for trial implementation in five different tank crew train-up situations 1 mobilization train-up of active and reserve crewmen in a training center environment, 2 mobilization train-up of training center crews, 3 individual readiness training of armor crewmen preparing for unit gunnery training, 4 accelerated training of tank crew replacements, and 5 accelerated refresher training of experienced crews deprived of regular gunnery training. Two of the five studies produced positive results. In one, the training center active and reserve mobilization train-up, TCST produced trainee skill levels and opinions superior to those resulting from two alternative programs. In the other, the accelerated tank crew replacement training, TCST was used successfully in rapidly preparing non-11E soldiers to fill in as gunners and loaders on a gunnery qualification test--a Table VIII test in which the crews with replacements performed as well as experienced intact crews. Results of the other three trial implementations were inconclusive. A need exists for some kind of TCST to be used in preparing combat ready crews. The TCST program has a number of promising features, but needs further development. Of particular importance is the need for detailed trainer guidance on how to plan, schedule and deliver training.
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