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

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

Chapter Six
HOW DL CAN ACCELERATE THE PACE OF
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

When the Army reclassifies soldiers, it reduces personnel shortages by moving soldiers from surplus MOSs to shortage MOSs. When it cross-trains or consolidates soldiers, it helps alleviate personnel shortages by moving soldiers from nonshortage MOSs into similar shortage MOSs. However, there is another reason that some MOSs have shortage problems: Sometimes positions, while not vacant, lack fully qualified soldiers. We speak here about problems in the timing of NCOs completing the Army's BNCOC and ANCOC. If training for those who need it could be accelerated, then the shortages in trained personnel could be reduced.

In this chapter we look at the potential for DL to accelerate training, beginning by providing some evidence that there is a problem in this area and then showing how DL might help. We end, as before, by discussing some potential forcewide benefits.


ACCELERATION OF NCO TRAINING IS NEEDED TO REDUCE
SHORTAGES

The size of the Army's E6 and E7 trained inventory would increase if soldiers needing BNCOC and ANCOC could be trained sooner. For FY99, we estimate that 8,500 E6 and E7 positions were occupied by soldiers not formally trained for those jobs or not trained for their grade. That number represents 2.4 percent of all authorizations, and 8.9 percent of E6 and E7 authorizations. For discussion purposes, we divide the number of untrained personnel into two groups. The first

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