A Living Systems Theory Analysis of Army Battalions Impacted by the Battalion Training Management System.
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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of the Battalion Training Management System BTMS workshops on battalion training from the perspective of Living Systems theory LST. BTMS provides a framework within which to implement the latest developments in U.S. Army training management doctrine. Through four workshops, aimed at different battalion echelons, the materials and the guidance for use of these materials were disseminated to U.S. Army Forces Command battalions. Findings of the study are described first in terms of information and materielresources processing difference that distinguish more from less effective battalions. The impact of the BTMS workshops is discussed, with special attention to their influence on the flow of training and information through the battalion. Next, the rationale and statistical bases for a diagnostic tool developed for use by battalion commanders in monitoring the performance of their units. In general, the study findings emphasize the importance of information processing in improving training and in enhancing unit effectiveness. Distinctive patterns of information processing mark more effective units, both in terms of how the battalion as a whole engages in information processes and in terms of how key personnel in the unit spend their time in these processes. Effective battalions are characterized by a decentralized and differentiated pattern of information flow, especially with regard to monitoring unit training activities and making decisions to control training.
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