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Applying Combat Application Course Techniques to Rifle Marksmanship in Basic Combat Training (BCT): Acquisition and Retention of Skills
Final rept. Aug 2008-Feb 2010
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BENNING GA
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This research provided an initial assessment of the impact on performance outcomes of providing additional time for Basic Rifle marksmanship BRM training in Basic Combat Training BCT and of integrating Asymmetric Warfare Group AWG and Combat Application Training Course CAT-C training techniques within two BCT Companies. The report provides a snapshot of how Soldiers retained marksmanship skills in association with the integration of AWG training techniques in BRM and the addition of one week to the BCT schedule. Results indicated that the new training techniques and additional training time did not significantly impact performance outcomes or BRM skill retention when compared to BRM performance of Soldiers trained using legacy techniques and less training time during BCT. Although sample and methodological considerations limit the generalizability of this research, it provides some essential insights into the initial integration of CAT-CAWG training strategies and techniques within BCT at Fort Jackson.
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE