Net Assessment of Tank Crew Training, An Analysis of Key Questions from the Officer's Survey, Tank Crew Survey, and Training Subjects/Facilities Examination
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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A project was designed to fulfill a requirement for the analysis and reporting of tank crew training data from three sources 1 an Officers Questionnaire, 2 Tank Crewmens Questionnaire, and 3 a review of training subjects and facilities. The research was required as input for a Department of Defense net assessment study of U.S. and Soviet tank crew training. The objective was to provide an integrated analysis of data from the three information sources which would enable a comparison across selected problem areas. The officers and tank crewmen of an M60A1 tank battalion were administered questionnaires concerning their training program. A review was then conducted of the battalions training program and facilities. The data were tabulated and analyzed by subject, data source, and by subject area. The results provided initial evidence for the identification of three major problem areas which adversely affect current tank crew training. These are 1 turbulence within tank crews and special duty assignments during training cycles seriously degrade training proficiency 2 tank maintenance and repair functions are inhibited by a shortage of trained mechanics and difficulty in obtaining spare parts and 3 training facilities, especially maneuver ranges and gunnery ranges, cannot meet the demands for use. These facilities need to be expanded and improved.
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