Evaluation Instruments for the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course for Combat Arms Soldier
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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An evaluation program and questionnaire was developed for a pilot Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course in the combat arms BNCOCCA. ARI designed two types of instruments for evaluating and refining the pilot course, 1 questionnaires to obtain subjective judgements from students and instructors, and 2 task-performance score forms to record MOS-specific training data. Instruments were tailored to 10 different MOS. The complete package consisted of a manual for administering the evaluation program, performance-based tests of skills covered in courses, and summary reports of validity of tests and of the application, also a model and method for achieving quality control in lower and medium NCO courses. Not only did TRADOC and the service schools use the instruments to revise and judge the effectiveness of the pilot course but the score forms serve as an operational training record for the NCO Academy, for individuals and entire classes. The BNCOCCA course was implemented worldwide in 1977, with an expected 10,000 graduates each year. Its successful evaluation and implementation are a major contribution to the Enlisted Personnel Management System.
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