Gettysburg: An Analysis of the Training Value of Commercial Models.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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This study investigated the possibilities of using commercial combat modelswar games dealing with the battle of Gettysburg as aids for the training of soldiers and leaders in the military. With the downsizing of the military and the high cost of training, there exists a need to reduce training costs while not affecting the quality of training. The military employs various military models to assist in training but has yet to fully tap the wealth of commercial combat models. One reason may be the lack of an investigative analysis into the soundness and applicability of commercial combat models to military training. This study selected three commercial combat models, one computer and two manufacturing board games, to examine as an initial investigation into their applicability to military training. The models were evaluated against the concepts of the principles of war, the tenets of Airland Battle, and the factors of METT-T and OCOKA. The results of the study indicated that all three of the models provided opportunities for effective military training. The models could be used to train different military levels of organizations from platoons to battalions. Beyond these initial results, remains a vast area worthy of further investigation concerning the utility of commercial combat models to military training.
- Humanities and History
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics