Enlisted Personnel Individualized Career System (EPICS) Design, Development, and Implementation
Final rept. 1978-1983
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTCENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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This report describes the design, development, and implementation of an alternative personnel system concept called the enlisted personnel individualized career system EPICS. An integrated personnel systems approach IPSA, based on joint consideration of training, aiding, job design, career structure, and personnel resources, coupled with a cost trade-off model, was used to evolve EPICS. RD was conducted to extend and refine the technology base dealing with integrated personnel systems and job performance aiding and to develop a Job Performance Aids-based integrated personnel system model. EPICS features use of JPAs, deferred formal training, and an individualized career advancement structure. With deferred training, an individual is first sent to sea for a shipboard orientation period of from 8 to 12 months and then is returned to shorebased technical training depending upon his degree of adaptation to shipboard life and demonstrated level of interest and motivation. During this indoctrination period, the recruit receives transition training to shipboard life and is made an effective member of the ships crew through use of JPAs. Formal training experiences ashore are distributed throughout an individuals 6-year enlistment rather than being provided prior to the first shipboard duty assignment. Project objectives include reduced costs of first- enlistment training, shortened training pipelines, reduced skill-knowledge deterioration, and improved use of available personnel.
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