Building Unit Cohesion via the Videodisc Interpersonal Skills Training and Assessment (VISTA) Unit Training Program (VUTP)
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
Pagination or Media Count:
The purpose of VUTP is to teach counseling and discussion skills to company leaders in an atmosphere which maximizes the possibility that these skills will be used and thus increase unit cohesion. The purpose of the pilot evaluation described here was to test the feasibility of conducting such training in line units before subjecting the program to a full scale field evaluation. Eighty-one company leaders from four line units were trained for three hours in small groups, starting with the company commanders and first sergeants and going systematically down the chain of command to the squadteam leader level. The firts session was led by an ARI trainer subsequent sessions were led by the company leaders themselves. The lack of prior training and the behavior of the participants suggest that this type of training is needed, particularly for leaders in platoon sergeant positions and below. The majority of participants felt the training was appropriate for all company leaders and all Army units. Most participants enjoyed and felt they benefited from the experience, and that their units would also benefit e.g., have better working relations, function more smoothly, and be more cohesive. Several suggestions for improving VUTP will be incorporated into future versions of the program.
- Humanities and History