Accession Number:

ADA409024

Title:

The Computer Backgrounds of Soldiers in Army Units: FY01

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Mar-Dec 2001

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BENNING GA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

72.0

Abstract:

A multi-year research effort was instituted in FY99 to examine soldiers experiences with computers, self- perceptions of their computer skill, and their ability to identify frequently used, Windows-based icons. This report documents the results of the second and last year of surveys from soldiers in Forces Command units. The soldiers surveyed were from mechanized and non-mechanized infantry companies, the battalion staff, and battalion slice elements Medics, Combat Engineers, and Field Artillery. The officers and senior non-commissioned officers had the most computer expertise as measured by their icon scores. For Junior non-commissioned officers, specialists, and privates, the picture was more diverse. Almost half of these soldiers had limited computer skills, as measured by both subjective and objective indices. Frequency of using a variety of computer features on a regular basis related highly to computer expertise. When specialists and corporals were examined separately, opportunity to use computers as part of their duty position was also related to computer expertise. The results indicate that young soldiers with limited computer skills would benefit from basic computer training prior to learning specialized training on the Armys new digital systems.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Computer Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE