Basic Rifle Marksmanship Test: Cadre Pretest and Posttest Attitudes
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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Attitudes of cadre were studied for each of four Programs of Instruction POI used in the Basic Rifle Marksmanship BRM Test. Pretest and posttest questionnaires were given to 59 male officers and noncommissioned officers NCO from the BRM committee group at Fort Jackson, S.C. Items were designed to request background information and to elicit responses about program effectiveness, cadre confidence in trainee performance, and miscellaneous training topics. Also, representatives of company cadres male and female officers and drill sergeants from each test company participated in end-of-test structured group interviews. The data show a consistent pattern of strong negative attitudes held by the cadre toward a reduction in instructional hours or rounds for BRM training. These attitudes represent a bias which must be reduced to insure user acceptance and effective implementation of any shortened BRM POI. Instructional problems in marksmanship fundamentals and feedback procedures are also discussed.
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