Estimating Skill Loss Throughout a Navy Technical Training Pipeline.
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The objective of this effort was to determine how training conditions in follow-on schools in the training pipeline for aviation antisubmarine warfare operators AWs assigned to S-3A aircraft affect acoustic analysis skills acquired early in the pipeline. Subject matter experts at follow-on schools were interviewed to obtain qualitative information about the amount of practice, feedback, and lengths of task nonutilization periods for acoustic analysis for four training periods. Also, knowledge and performance tests were administered at four points in training to 154 AW S-3A students assigned to the schools. Interview results showed that there was a likelihood of serious skill degradation potential for three of the four periods of time analyzed. Also, significant differences were found for the effects of time in training on knowledge and performance test scores. Students performed poorest at test point 1, following 2 months of task nonutilization while in transit from A school, and best at test point 2, immediately following training at Common Core. Student showed substantial decline at test points 3 and 4, while they were in operator training. Author
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