Accession Number:

ADA113646

Title:

The Use of Tactical Computers to Provide Weapons and Tactics Training to Combat NCOs: Results of a Field Test

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept. Dec 1972-Dec 1973

Corporate Author:

SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

A pilot field test in 1974 demonstrated the effectiveness of using an Army tactical data system for computer-assisted instruction CAI of soldiers when the system was not being used for tactical operations. Courseware was written in the existing author language PLANIT to run on the Armys Developmental Tactical Operations System DEVTOS. Lessons were developed in two proficiency test areas, Crew Served Weapons and Tactics, and the 120 participating noncommissioned officers NCOs were chosen for their previous low scores in these subjects. After a pretest, half the group studied with CAI, a fourth studied from Army manuals, and a fourth served as a control group by studying unrelated material. A posttest measured learning, and interviews with the CAI group recorded their enthusiastic comments. The CAI group learned significantly more than the others did. The automated instruction also worked equally well for fast and slow learners and across differences in age, education, and paygrade. Slow learners seemed to use the same strategy as fast learners but to take more time. The results, therefore, demonstrated the feasibility and benefits of the project.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE