Training & Response versus Stress & Dumb

“No one becomes smarter under stress,” says Charles Morgan, a forensic psychiatrist at the University of New Haven, Connecticut. “The question really is who gets dumb faster.” The armed forces of countries around the world spend countless hours training their personnel, repeating drills until they become ‘second nature’. Paraphrasing, the military saying is “a soldier will revert… Read More

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Training & Cognitive Bias: Any Link?

Research Paper Title Training Induces Cognitive Bias: The Case of a Simulation-Based Emergency Airway Curriculum. Introduction Training-induced cognitive bias may affect performance. Using a simulation-based emergency airway curriculum, we tested the hypothesis that curriculum design would induce bias and affect decision making. Methods Twenty-three novice anesthesiology residents were randomized into 2 groups. The primary outcome measure was the initiation… Read More

Military Training: Instinct vs Training…

“At the time he had believed that Bestia had been a cruel monster, but he had long since come to realise the true purpose of the harsh treatment meted out during training. Soldiers had to keep a cool head in any conditions. They had to be disciplined from within as well as without. That process… Read More

Stress & Training…

“You won’t rise to the occasion – you’ll default to your level of training!” Barret Tillman (1992, p.82) writing about US military aviators in a military thriller. “Under pressure, you will not rise to the occasion. You will revert to your level of training.“ Minimum standards lead to minimum performance; known as Lowest Common Denominator Training… Read More

British Army: Linking Learning Systems to Organisational Learning

Research Paper Title Coping with Knowledge: Organizational Learning in the British Army? Abstract This article – based on data that employs interviews conducted with British Army personnel – adopts a social theory of learning in order to examine how both formal and informal learning systems have affected organisational learning within the Army in relation to… Read More

US Army: Changing Instructional System Design to Improve Training Product Delivery

Research Paper Title Changes in Instructional System Design (ISD): Improving Training Product Delivery to United States Army Soldiers. Background The purpose of this study was to identify methods that could speed up the instructional system design process used by the US Army up to this point. The current Army Instructional System Design process is the Systems Approach to… Read More

What Does DTTT Mean in the Army?

DTTT is short for the Defence Train the Trainer qualification which must be completed by all MOD personnel who will undertake instructional duties. Detailed information on the DTTT qualification can be found here. The reader is also directed to the consolidation course, DTTT(C) and the new Army Instructional Capability programme which should fully operational from October 2014.