Survey Results for the Development of the Academic Class Composite Tool for the Academic Instructors and Supervisors

Report No. ARL-MR-0677
Authors: Carita A. DeVilbiss and Valerie B. Rice
Date/Pages: October 2007; 40 pages
Abstract: The ability to maintain unit readiness and mission effectiveness in the midst of the increasing demands of warfare ultimately depends on the performance of the Soldier. The retention and overall performance of Soldiers can be affected by a variety of personal, situational, and organizational factors, particularly in dynamic and stressful environments. Throughout the U.S. Army, following basic training, Soldiers are prepared for challenging Advanced Individual Training (AIT) programs. Although AIT programs are specific for each career field, all programs share the same general characteristics of the current population of incoming Soldiers. Issues such as academic attrition are not limited to a single military occupational specialty. This report presents results from a survey of 113 academic instructors to validate the design definition of the Academic Class Composite Tool (AC2T), one of two specialized tools for the 91W AIT program. Although the main tool, i.e., the Personal Academic Strategies for Success, is being developed for use by individual Soldiers upon arrival for their AIT course, the AC2T is designed for use by the academic instructors, drill sergeants, and supervisors. That report documented the first level design specifications for the Academic Class Composite Tool and collected initial data to verify user input. This report fulfills the next step in the path forward by replicating the survey that was administered to the drill sergeants with the academic instructor population.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: October 1, 2007