Putting on-the-Job Training under New Management To Improve Its Effectiveness

by P. Carpenter-Huffman

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A set of guidelines for maintenance on-the-job-training (OJT) to improve its effectiveness. Effective OJT is essential to mission support; improved OJT effectiveness is needed in many specialties because of the greater demands placed on maintenance personnel by advanced technology and because of the greater diversity of equipment and duty stations in today's military environment. Deficiencies in current OJT programs arise from the nature of the working environment and from disincentives that encourage only superficial adherence to the services' policies for OJT. The content, resources, and management of preferred approaches to OJT are described. In particular, formalized conduct of OJT by separate units within the operating commands is advocated. Successful OJT programs that have followed this approach are described as evidence of its practicality and utility.

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