Skill Deterioration and Retraining Needs of Navy Individual Ready Reservists.
NAVAL TRAINING SYSTEMS CENTER ORLANDO FL
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Skill deterioration and retraining needed to support mobilization were determined for Individual Ready Reservists IRR in 16 critical Navy ratings. Mail-out questionnaires were used to obtain job performance information from IRR and active duty personnel. Skill deterioration was determined by differences in proficiency reported by IRRs for two different points in time 1 When they were separated from active service, and 2 at the time they completed the questionnaire. Retraining needs were derived by comparing IRR estimates of their current proficiency on job tasks of their rating to the same types of estimates made by current active duty personnel. The study results indicated that skills previously acquired on active duty deteriorate during the time personnel are assigned to the IRR. Much less deterioration occurs for individuals who work in civilian jobs related to their Navy rating. The need for retraining to restore lost skills to acceptable proficiency levels was identified for five of the ratings. Author
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