Enlisted Personnel Individualized Career System (EPICS) Test and Evaluation
Interim technical rept. Jul 1980-Jul 1983
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTCENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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This report provides preliminary results of the test and evaluation TE of the enlisted personnel individualized career system EPICS, which is based on the integrated application of job performance aids JPAs, standardized shipboard instructional modules, and deferred shore-based technical training. Objectives included reduced costs of first-enlistment training, shortened shore- based training episodes, reduced skill-knowledge deterioration, and expansion of manpower resources for the technical ratings. The EPICS TE is being conducted in the fleet using the NATO Seasparrow Surface Missile System NSSMS, which is operated and maintained by personnel in the fire control technician FT rating. A cohort of 146 EPICS personnel were originally assigned to 30 DD 963 class ships and to 4 CVs in the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets. Approximately half of this sample were ineligible for the FT rating A school. FT and general detail GENDET groups are being tracked with the EPICS cohorts for comparison purposes.
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