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This report examines ways in which distance learning can help the Army more quickly alleviate active component manpower shortages in under strength military occupations. The analysis finds that distance learning can enable faster completion of reclassification training, faster completion of professional development courses, and more efficient forms of skill training, depending on the nature of the course materials selected for instruction via distance learning. The analysis addresses the costs and benefits of these potential changes as well as potential implementation problems that could raise costs or reduce benefits.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  • Figures

  • Tables

  • Summary

  • Acknowledgements

    Acknowledgments

  • Acronyms

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    The Problem of Personnel Shortages for Readiness

  • Chapter Three

    An Approach to Analyzing Appropriate DL-Based Army Strategies for Alleviating Personnel Shortages

  • Chapter Four

    How DL Can Improve the Effectiveness of Reclassification Training

  • Chapter Five

    How DL Can Improve the Effectiveness of Cross-Training and MOS Consolidation

  • Chapter Six

    How DL Can Accelerate the Pace of Professional Development Training

  • Chapter Seven

    Conclusions

  • Appendix A

    Measuring the Effects of DL-Based and Non-DL-Based Strategies on Shortages

  • Appendix B

    Length of Reclassification Courses Under Distance Learning

  • References

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