Need for Greater Program Overview of the Inservice Training Review Organization

FPCD-78-7: Published: Nov 8, 1977. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 1977.

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The Interservice Training Review Organization was established in 1972 by mutual agreement among the services to identify opportunities to make their training more effective and efficient by eliminating duplication and standardizing instruction programs. The Army, Navy, and Air Force are concurrently developing computer-managed or computer-assisted instruction systems. The Army's computer-assisted system provides each student direct instruction normally provided by an instructor. The Navy's computer-managed system aids instructors in managing student interactions with course materials. The Air Force's instruction system combines the capabilities of both the Army and Navy systems.

The Training Technology Committee did not evaluate these independently developed systems to determine whether a combined development effort would have been more efficient or economical. A second area where duplication of effort exists concerns simulation technology developments. Several laser rifle devices were listed as under development and of mutual Army/Marine Corps benefit because of the commonality of weapons and tactics. The Army contracted independently for its own marksmanship trainer although it is similar to the Marine Corps' laser marksmanship trainer. Evaluations are indicated to determine whether separate systems are needed in applying training technology for both computer instruction systems and laser rifle systems.

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