Alternate Training Strategies: Army-VOTEC Partnership Pilot studies
In an effort to reduce Army training costs, the Headquarters, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) is investigating use of training at civilian secondary and post-secondary vocational-technical (VOTEC) institutions as an alternative to initial job training known as advanced individual training (AIT) in Army service schools. Prime training courses selected for pilot study include those with high Army and VOTEC school curricular comparability and a large Army population to train for potential cost savings. VOTEC pilot study models include: (a) the pre-service training model in which civilian-trained VOTEC school graduates are recruited into the Army for specific occupations after passing a competency test, thereby reducing the length of Army training requirements, (b) the in-service training model in which civilian VOTEC institutions train specific parts of Army courses, and (c) the exportable curriculum training model in competency tests to train students who express a desire to join the Army, thereby standardizing parts of the VOTEC school curriculum across states. This paper discusses pilot studies involving the pre-service training model in detail.