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Navy Recruit Training Optimization, Post 1980. Phase I: Current Assessment and Concept for the Future

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This report covers the first phase of a three phase project conducted under TAEG's Recruit Training Optimization project. The purpose of the project is to develop a design for optimizing the recruit training program to meet the needs of the Navy during the 1980's. At issue is how to most efficiently provide the Fleet with a qualified recruit graduate while minimizing the training resources required. This report provides a curriculum design for optimizing the Navy Recruit Training program to meet the operational Fleet needs during the post 1980's. It is based upon analyses of current training (late 1975), published future Navy operational requirements and demographics related to the typical recruit profile of the 1980 decade. The curriculum design recommends a system approach to indoctrination training for newly enlisted personnel to produce an initially qualified seaman. The resulting curriculum will be responsive to evolving Fleet requirements and a changing recruit profile.

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This study was conducted to determine the extent of the Navy's problem with recruits who speak English as a Second Language (ESL). One hundred and two Hispanic recruits were tested and interviewed at RTC Orlando to assess their proficiency in English and problems that low proficiency might be causing in recruit training. Two groups who work with Spanish-speaking recruits responded to a questionnaire. Results indicated (1) the Navy needs an ESL training program, (2) the Defense Language Institute's English Comprehension Level test should be used to screen recruits for ESL training, and (3) all recruits who speak English as a second language and who have had no prior U.S. education should be referred automatically to the ESL program. An economic analysis was also conducted. The analysis indicated that the costs which would be saved by lowered attrition would pay for the ESL program.
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