Evaluation of a Prototype Platoon Gunnery Trainer for Armor Officer Basic Course Training
Final rept. Oct 1991-Jun 1992
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This research supports the U.S. Army Armor Schools efforts to establish the effectiveness of a prototype Platoon Gunnery Trainer PGT for Armor Officer Basic Course AOBC training. To perform the research, a platoon-level skills that could be trained on the device were identified, b measures of performance MOPs and related methods of measurement and scoring that could be used to quantify changes in platoon-level skill proficiency were developed, and c a pilot test to validate and refine the MOPs and related methods was performed. A formal device evaluation for AOBC training was then conducted with 95 AOBC students. They were trained on the device in groups of 8 except for one group of 7 as 12 separate tank platoons using 4 alternating iterations of the same offensive and defensive exercises. The results showed significant improvement as measured by Tank Table XII type scores in platoon tactical, gunnery, and summary performance the criterion measures across training trials for offensive and defensive training exercises, as well as for combined exercises. Linear trend analyses for all three measures indicated that student performance steadily improved across trials in rough proportion to the device training received.
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