Cover: A User's Guide to the Technical Training Schoolhouse Model

A User's Guide to the Technical Training Schoolhouse Model

Published Nov 29, 2006

by Thomas Manacapilli, Bart E. Bennett


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In 2002, RAND Project AIR FORCE studied the data systems used by the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) to manage training costs and capacities. The schoolhouse model, developed to inform policy decisions regarding technical training pipeline issues, grew out of this study. The model examines resources used and training limitations encountered during the execution of a training program. At the same time, the AETC Studies and Analysis Squadron (SAS) built a similar set of planning and execution assessment tools. RAND and AETC SAS agreed to combine the schoolhouse portion of their efforts into one model. The purpose of this report is to provide front-end users of the schoolhouse model with a reference for collecting and implementing data; it also briefly describes the simulation model and its uses. The model is potentially useful for evaluating changes in production and resources, highlighting resource bottlenecks, providing insight into classroom details such as empty seats and the rate of individuals who prove ineffective in training, and changes in production resulting from changes in resources, course syllabi, and washback and attrition rates.

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