Training is an essential component to a strong fighting force. But just how effective is that training, and can performance outcomes be enriched by customizing training methods to the specific task? The U.S. Army Research Institute wanted hard evidence on which to base their training design decisions.

In a 4-year study, Alion investigated how performance results could be improved by precisely tailoring training methods to the specific tasks. Our human factors experts reviewed and analyzed existing research and then performed experiments to address research gaps. The relationships between training methods, individual factors, and task factors were then identified, providing a baseline for training design decisions.

The wealth of findings was compiled in a single, web-based tool called TARGET (Training Aide: Research and Guidance for Effective Training) that will serve as a resource to training researchers and developers in the Army. Plus, this knowledge base will be invaluable for decision makers to determine the best training solutions in the future.