Retention of Selected FBCB2 Operating Skills Among Infantry Captains Career Course (ICCC) Students
Final rept. Aug 2005-Dec 2006
NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP COLUMBUS GA
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This report describes an investigation of the retention of Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below FBCB2 operator knowledge and skills. Infantry captains who attended a two-day training course participated in an end-of-course test followed by a retest eight weeks later. Participants answered questions about and performed tasks on FBCB2. Performance on the knowledge test showed no decay while performance on the hands-on test declined slightly 10. but significantly. The majority of participants 72 had used FBCB2 in combat. Interestingly, the best single predictor of performance on the hands-on test was a self-reported measure of general computer experience. In general. though, it was difficult to predict performance on the hands-on test. Multiple regression analyses using a variety of experience and knowledge measures accounted for only 25-30 of the variability in recall scores. Implications of these findings for trainers, training developers, and Army units are discussed.
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