Optimum Distribution of Soldier's Duty Time: USAREUR Commanders' Estimates
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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The purpose of this research was to obtain from experienced battalion personnel estimates of the percentage of time that should be devoted to each of the numerous battalion activities by E1-E4 personnel in order to fulfill all mission and other requirements. Of particular interest was the amount of time to be devoted to mission related training. Data were obtained from questionnaires administered to current or previous battalion commanders, S-3s, assistant S-3s, executive officers, and battery commanders from each of the major types of USAREUR battalions. The estimates of percentage of duty time which should be devoted to the individual battalion activities varied with type of battalion. The percentage of time recommended for mission related training ranged from 31 to 52. These estimates by experienced personnel offer guidelines for inexperienced commanders and S-3s to use in scheduling battalion activities. However, the estimates should be verified as to operational feasibility and optimization of combat readiness.
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