Training and Retention of Armor Machinegun Tasks
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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Platoons within three Armor One Station Unit Training OSUT companies were assigned to one of three M85 training schedules a single four- hour block, two four-hour blocks received in one day, or two four-hour blocks separated by at least one week. One of the three companies was also shown videotaped demonstrations of M85 tasks. GONO GO data on M85 and M240 tasks were gathered by evaluators from the Directorate of Plans and Training DPT at Fort Knox. M85 performance was measured at the end of the OSUT cycle, whereas M240 scores were gathered at both mid- and end-of-cycle tests. In addition to GONO GO performance, ARI data gatherers collected execution times on M240 tasks. The findings included a no effect of training schedule and introduction of videotaped demonstrations on M85 task performance or M240 retention b poor performance on M85 mechanical training tasks which the OSUT personnel did not expect on the end-of-cycle test c reliable decreases in M240 performance between mid- and end-of-cycle tests and d task execution times revealed subtle changes in performance not shown by GONO GO scores.
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