Field Tryout of the Army Officer Career Information and Planning System
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This report describes the effort to assess operating difficulties, in a realistic setting, of the first three modules developed for the computer-aided Army Officer Career Information and Planning System OCIPS and to obtain initial reactions on the systems acceptability and usefulness. The participating 52 Lieutenants and captains first filled out an anonymous pretest questionnaire which requested information about their career goals, alternate specialty preferences, and sources of career information. Then they each used three OCIPS modules at a computer terminal FORESIGHT, teaching principles of career planning OVERVIEW, presenting general information on the Army officer career structure and ALTERNATE, utilizing a data bank of information on preferences, education, and other characteristics of officers in various primary and alternate specialties. Finally, the participants indicated their reactions on posttest questionnaires. In general, officers responded very favorably to the OCIPS, indicated they felt a need for career planning information, and felt the computer was useful in delivering this information. No major operating problems were encountered.
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