Design of Field-Based Crosstraining Programs and Implications for Readiness.
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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As part of a broad effort to reduce defense expenditures, the Army is exploring a number of new approaches to training individual soldiers. Prominent among these approaches is field-based crosstraining FBCT, which involves combining two or more occupational specialties and shifting initial skill training from Army schools to on-the-job training in field units. This type of program has also been labeled generic and apprentice in some quarters. This report describes a method for analyzing the features, advantages, and disadvantages of field-based crosstraining programs in the Army. Focusing on the specific case of helicopter maintenance, the report analyzes data from field units and recommends alternative field-based crosstraining strategies for the Army. An assessment of the Armys Apprentice Mechanic Initiative AMI for helicopter maintenance is included the analysis. The results should be of interest to training developers, planners, and personnel specialists in the military services and Department of Defense
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
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