ERIC Number: ED122154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Method for Increasing the Training Effectiveness of Marine Corps Tactical Exercises: A Pilot Study.
Rocklyn, Eugene H.; And Others
Methods for better utilizing simulated combat systems for training officers are required by the Marine Corps to ensure efficient acquisition of combat decision-making skills. In support of this requirement, a review and analysis of several combat training systems helped to identify a set of major training problems. These included the small number of students occupying critical positions in wargame training and difficulties in: providing individualized instruction, obtaining information for postgame critique, deriving guidelines for improving future exercises, and obtaining information indicating the effect of prior instruction on exercise participation. The Action-Log Training Method, aimed at solving these problems and thus increasing the training effectiveness of Marine Corps tactical exercises, was formulated and experimentally applied in conjunction with the Tactical Exercise Simulator and Evaluator (TESE), a computerized simulation of a Marine Amphibious Brigade in an amphibious operation. In this method, an auxiliary student staff (Log Staff) monitors, records, and evaluates actions (decisions) taken by the regular student staff (Action Staff) on a position-for-position basis using a document called the Action Log. Results obtained seemed to warrant further development of the training method. Appended are sample instructional materials and exercise evaluation questionnaires (with tabulated student responses). (Author/MS)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Course Evaluation, Decision Making, Educational Problems, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Materials, Methods Research, Military Training, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Simulation, Training Methods
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161 (Order Number AD-A013 224/IGA, HC $3.75; MF $2.25)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Navy Personnel Research and Development Center, San Diego, CA.