ERIC Number: ED402483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing the Performance of the Army Reserve Components School System.
Winkler, John D.; And Others
The operation of the U.S. Army's Reserve Components (RC) school system was assessed. Three areas were identified that were fundamental to the system where organizational changes could make a difference. First, the project assessed training requirements and school delivery of courses. In serving a sizable training requirement for reclassification training, the RC school system faced two main problems: the system lacked the capacity to provide places for all soldiers needing training and about one-third of the quotas allocated went unused. These problems and the backlog of soldiers needing noncommissioned officer training arose from both capacity constraints and an inability to efficiently use existing capacity. Second, three main areas related to training quality were assessed: presence of correct and up-to-date training courseware, qualified instructors, and appropriate support at training sites. Results indicated more problems with courseware than with the other elements. Training materials were received too late and in quantities insufficient for class size. Third, the project assessed training resources and costs. Results suggested that Reserve Component Training Institutions (RCTIs) may need to move toward becoming larger and more specialized, with more fixed sites and organic assets and with repeated courses with more predictable student loads. Although increased consolidation and specialization should help, achieving further efficiencies would require new school organizations and improved resource planning and management systems. (Contains 14 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, VA.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.