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Measuring and Assessing Technical Training Performance in the Army's Schools and Units: A Survey of Current Methods

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Final rept. Sep 1985-Feb 1989

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The object of this project was to survey some methods in use in the Armys institutions and units to measure individual and collective training performance and determine how the resulting data are used. Six Military Occupation Specialties MOS were selected to provide a sample for the survey. Onsite surveys were conducted at the two service schools involved training soldiers with those six MOS and at units of III Corps to which those soldiers were assigned. In addition to structured interviews, questionnaires were provided to key decision makers KDM in the schools to determine their data needs and whether they think those needs are being met. The Army generally develops its institutional training to be responsive to the needs of the units in the field. While there are anomalies in the system, what is trained in the school is, for the most part, what the soldier must do on the job. The performance of the individual soldiers and units is measured routinely and the results of that measurement are used to identify further training requirements. However, the performance is generally measured on a qualitative basis and is process not product oriented. For the most part, the resulting data are not used to the fullest extent possible. Moreover, there appears to be a lack of commonality of terms, due in part to the many documents confronting the member of the training community and the imprecision of the definition of various training-related terms in those documents. Keywords Training performance measurement Training performance assessment Military training Survey methods.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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