This research brief describes work documented in Army Distance Learning and Personnel Readiness (MR-1389-A).

Excerpt: Over the past decade, the Army has become increasingly interested in the potential of distance learning (DL) to address its training needs. DL uses information technologies to deliver training at soldiers' home stations, or at other locations distinct from the source of the training, thus shortening the time soldiers must spend at residential learning facilities. In an effort to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its training, the Army has implemented the Distance Learning Program. However, some observers have questioned the feasibility of the program as it is currently designed. In the latest of a series of recent reports, RAND Arroyo Center researchers continued their analysis of the potential role for DL in tackling two issues that affect personnel readiness: personnel shortages and personnel instability.

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