Impact of Excellence in Armor Program on Soldier Performance in One Station Unit Training
Final rept. May-Sep 1988
BATTELLE COLUMBUS LABS RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC
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Promising Armor soldiers are enrolled in the Excellence in Armor training program ET. This program is designed to accelerate a soldiers progression to tank commander by fostering early development of gunnery and related skills. The objectives of this research were to 1 determine if ET soldiers develop knowledge and skills beyond those of their normal track NT cohorts, particularly in the area of gunnery under both normal and degraded tank fire control system modes, 2 evaluate the degree of similarity between Et soldiers and tank commanders aptitude, interest, and temperament profiles, and 3 examine the validity of selected Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery ASVAB and Project Alpha Predictor Battery PAPB scales for forecasting performance during one station unit training OSUT. Performance measures were developed to reflect the areas emphasized by the ET program of instruction POI , the NT POI, and aspects common to both POIs. These measures were administered to 83 ET soldiers and 83 NT soldiers matched on cognitive and psychomotor abilities. ASVAB and Project A predictor battery PAPB performance data were gathered for these soldiers and 41 Noncommissioned Officers NCOs. On computerized armor training-device-based measures of gunnery performance, ET soldiers were more accurate and made fewer system management errors than did NT soldiers.
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