PREPARATION FOR CONDUCT OF OPERATOR TRAINING
in a large measure upon the proper selection and training
7. Essential Features. Good operator training results
of instructors, and assistant instructors a good operator or
from careful planning and thorough instruction Prior to the
specialist will not necessarily make a good instructor.
start of Instructions, an estimate of the operator training
(1) Interviewing. A competent officer will
capabilities must be made. Based upon the estimate,
carefully interview all prospective instructors and assistant
plans and schedules are developed, instructors and
instructors to select the best qualified from available
assistant instructors are selected, detailed and trained. In
resources. As a minimum, the following prerequisites will
addition, equipment and training site are obtained and
be considered during this interview:
placed in readiness.
(a) Is he qualified without limitations to
8. Training Requirement Estimate. When an officer is
operate the equipments.
detailed to conduct an operator training program, he must
(b) Is his technical knowledge and
immediately make an estimate of the operator training
experience adequate for him to instruct with authority.
situation Taken into consideration are such matters as:.
(c) Does he have the personality and
a. Number of instructors available.
desire to instruct?
b. Additional training required by instructor and/or
(2) Selecting. From the information gained
during the Interview, the officer groups the prospective
c. Number of new operators to be trained.
instructors according to their potential ability and selects
the best qualified and most experienced individuals for
d. Number of operators that need to be retrained or
b. Technical Assistance. To assist Commanders
e. Caliber and general experience of personnel to
in the training of instructors, technical assistance is
available as outlined In AR 700-4 and AR 750-51.
f . Facilities available, including classrooms, visual
aids, shops, equipment and operating range (land and/or
11. Training Instructors and Examiners.
Regardless of apparent
Work necessary to place equipment and
qualifications the selected instructors, and assistant
facilities in readiness.
instructors will be given a preliminary course of instruction
h. How much time is required and available.
before being permitted to teach, even though this may
delay instruction for student operators This procedure
9. Planning and Organizing the Program. a. The
pays dividends in the long run. As a minimum, the
information developed from the above estimate of training
preliminary course for instructors and assistants will
requirements is the basis on which the Commander
makes his decision and develops his plan for organizing
(1) The entire course to be given students.
and carrying out the training program The following are
(2) Application of principles prescribed by
(1) Number of operators to be trained.
(3) Controlled observation, and be alert to see
(2) Program or schedule of Instruction.
student error for on-the-spot correction.
(3) Student organization.
(4) Training in conducting and scoring tests.
(4) Number of instructors to be selected and
b. Examiners. The value of examination will
trained, and a schedule covering their Instruction.
depend largely on the competence of the examiners They
(5) Assignments of duties and responsibilities
should have a thorough knowledge of test administration
and equipment operating techniques, and should be
(6) List of equipment, tools, fuel, lubricants,
periodically checked to insure consistency in their test
evaluation. The operator counselers assist in overcoming
b. The plan should be based on, and adapted to
and correcting physical deficiencies and poor operating
local requirements and conditions.
habits through counseling and remedial training. To
10. Selection and Training of Instructors. a. The
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