ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
The proficiency of TACFIRE ACCOs was assessed as a function of amount of training with the TACFIRE equipment. Operators proficiency at the artillery control console ACC was assessed at their graduation from formal TACFIRE training and after 2 12 months and 5 12 months of on-the-job training OJT. A practical exercise consisting of 10 processing requirements for the ACCO e.g., inputting targets into the battalion target file, processing a search of the division artillery intelligence file, establishing a fire plan was developed. Eight of the processing requirements were timed for each operator, and all processing requirements were divided into subrequirements, which were scored for accuracy. Operators were run individually in the TACFIRE computer shelters. No differences were found among the three groups with respect to processing accuracy. However, enlisted operators were significantly faster after having received OJT than at graduation. No significant differences were obtained between the 2 12 and 5 12 month OJT groups.