The Effects of SIMNET Role-Playing on the Training of Prospective Platoon Leaders
Final rept. Oct 1989-Sep 1991,
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This investigation examined the relative value of having prospective armor platoon leaders engage in role-playing activities while using the Simulation Networking SIMNET training simulator. Training records were examined for 470 students in Armor Officer Basic AOB classes from late 1988 to mid-1989. During the SIMNET training exercises, 123 26.2, 115 24.5, 194 41.3, and 38 8.1 of these students acted as platoon leader, platoon sergeant, tank commander, and drivergunnerloader, respectively. Regression analyses were performed on the measures obtained from course records. The results demonstrate that being in a platoon leadership position during SIMNET training leads to the highest performance evaluations. These findings imply that AOB students should have direct experience in platoon leadership positions during their SIMNET training.
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