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Assignment-oriented training – Training update

Beverly Friend

This is an update on AOT at the U.S. Army Signal Center since Fall 2002. Although we’ve encountered growing pains, we’ve had no serious showstoppers as we continue our quest for more effective and efficient training via AOT.

Our graduate pool of AOT soldiers has steadily increased overall. At the end of fourth quarter FY02, the 31R AOT course had graduated 301 more students. Eighty-two of these graduates received echelons-above-corps assignments, and 219 were sent to echelons-corps-and-below units. As we completed the first quarter of training for FY03, the 31R AOT course boasted 27 EAC and 69 ECB graduates.

At the end of fourth quarter FY02, the 31F AOT course had graduated 96 more students, with 204 more graduates at the end of first quarter FY03. One hundred six of these students were EAC, and 194 were ECB.

The 31P AOT course, the last to be implemented, fell short of its projected graduates for FY02 but still graduated 30 students out of a projected 33. These figures are expected to increase to 269 during FY03, when we increase the number of classes per year to 26.

The 31S course has been and continues to be our biggest challenge as well as our most technical AOT course. Beginning in October, Army and Air Force tactical-satellite training are no longer consolidated. Midas training was added in March. Starting in June, the 31S AOT course will increase its student load from 12 students to 14 students per class.

The 31S AOT course graduated 143 students through first quarter FY03. Ninety-four were tactical, and 49 were strategic.

More changes are planned for the out years (for example, new equipment, systems and strategies) as we continue to train the best soldiers in the world using current and emerging instructional technology.

Dr. Friend is academic dean for initial-entry training at 15th Signal Brigade, Fort Gordon. She was formerly department director at the Signal Center’s School of Telecommunications Technology. Friend holds master’s degrees in education and instructional-systems technology. She has a doctorate in instructional-systems technology from Indiana University and is pursuing another doctorate in training and performance improvement. Her civil-service education includes training at the Distance Learning Institute in Stillwater, Okla.

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