An Analysis of the Abilities Required by Future RSTA Vehicle Commanders and Drivers

Report No. ARL-TR-2984
Authors: Bruce S. Sterling and Cheryl A. Burns
Date/Pages: July 2003; 21 pages
Abstract: Abilities needed by future commanders and drivers of reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) vehicles were examined in a soldier-in-the-loop simulation of a Future Combat System unit of action. We used the Job Assessment Software System to administer the abilities taxonomy developed by Fleishman and Quaintance (2000). We found that in the simulation used, (a) vehicle drivers needed a higher level of overall abilities than the vehicle commanders; (b) vehicle commanders? jobs appeared to become easier with experience, while those of the drivers did not; and (c) conceptual, communications, and speedloaded abilities were the most critical abilities for vehicle commanders and drivers. We recommend changes in human factors engineering, training, and personnel selection to improve performance of RSTA vehicle commanders and drivers.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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