Army Distance Learning: Potential for Reducing Shortages in Army Enlisted Occupations

By Michael G. Shanley; Henry A. Leonard et al. | Go to book overview

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INTRODUCTION

The Army is in the process of implementing The Army Distance Learning Program (TADLP). Its intent is to substitute distance learning (DL) for portions of current resident instruction, with an eye to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of training. Implementation of this program will have a wide-ranging effect on how the Army trains and develops its leaders. It will directly affect how the Army goes about achieving three of its major goals: Manning the Force and Investing in Quality People, Maintaining Unit Readiness and Training, and Training and Leader Development. These are Lines of Operation 3, 4, and 5 specified in the Army's Transformation Campaign Plan.

Since the personnel community plays a key role in achieving these goals, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel (DCSPER) asked RAND Arroyo Center to examine some of the potential implications of DL for personnel readiness. This document provides the results of one portion of that analysis: how DL can help the Army alleviate personnel shortages in the active component among enlisted personnel. Although this research was done for the Army's personnel community, the distance learning program and its implementation are of interest to the Army and the national defense community at large, and not just to those directly concerned with training or personnel management.

Enlisted personnel shortages in the active component are a significant readiness issue documented in a number of reports and Army personnel files, including the Chief of Staff of the Army's (CSA's)

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