Onboard Training Program Development: Lessons Learned,
GENERAL PHYSICS CORP COLUMBIA MD
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Since 1973, General Physics Corporation has been developing operational training program materials for use on board surface ships, submarines, and aircraft of the United States Navy. These programs have been oriented toward providing an individual ship or squadron the capability to increase its operational performance in a particular warfare area through a series of scenario-based exercises, utilizing the units own inherent training assets and capabilities. These programs hav been evolutionary and as the programs have matured, many problems have arisen which have complicated program organization, development, Fleet implementation, and overall use of the materials. These problems include confusion and lack of understanding of the nature of onboard training lack of documentation for combat systems conflicting or non-existent operational guidance limitations of imbedded training modes and systems inability to keep pace with system upgrades and modifications difficulties in implementing programs and materials and difficulties in sustaining interest and use in Fleet units. Each of these problems has been encountered and dealt with, with varying degrees of success. These lessons learned and other recommendations are presented.