Decay in AN/PSS-14 Operator Skill at 30, 60, and 90 Days Following Training
Final rept. May 2005-Jun 2006
LINCOLN UNIV JEFFERSON CITY MO
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Recent evaluation of the PSS-14s deployment in support of ongoing military operations indicates that poor retention of operator skill is a problem that can compromise the effectiveness of the mine detection system, endanger the success of countermine operations, and jeopardize the personnel involved. Experiment 1 examined the rate of decline of operator skill over intervals without practice retention intervals of 30, 60, 90 days. A decline in the proportion of mine simulants detected was observed with as little as 30 days without practice. Analysis of components of the operator skill revealed differential rates of decline of different skill components. Results of this study can provide guidelines for scheduling maintenance or refresher training that will allow the operator skill to be restored to maximal performance levels. Experiment 2 developed and tested inexpensive land mine simulants to support maintenance or refresher training at decreased costs.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Land Mine Warfare