Measurement of the Criticality of Combat Tasks
Final rept. May 1981-Jan 1982
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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This report describes the development of a method for selecting combat tasks for training based on their criticality in determining the successful accomplishment of the unit mission in which they are performed. Comparisons are made between this method for assessing task criticality and the approach recommended in the Instructional Systems Development ISD model. One of the major problems experienced by training developers is the lack of sufficient time and resources to train all of the tasks that are performed by soldiers in a particular duty position. Currently the Army trains only those tasks that can be handled within the available time and resource constraints, but to include those tasks that are most critical to mission success. Although this approach would prevent soldiers from learning all of the tasks performed in an MOS, careful selection of tasks could keep the impact on unit performance to a minimum. Ideally, tasks that are not learned during institutional training could be learned later during unit training or learned informally while on the job.
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