• SHARP command team trainer tested

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  • Former and current commanders and senior noncommissioned officers took part in a one-day software test to validate the ELITE Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Command Team Trainer laptop-based training application. The beta testing took place at the U.S. Army SHARP Academy, Fort Leavenworth, to review content of the current application by using student and instructor program subject matter experts representing future users.
    The ELITE SHARP CTT program is a spin off from the existing Emergent Leader Immersive Training Environment – Counseling application that uses avatar-based scenarios to teach counseling techniques to junior leaders. The Army SHARP Program Office recognized the utility of ELITE-Counseling and worked with the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies and Army Research Laboratories to develop the ELITE SHARP CTT. This application provides upfront instructional demonstrations and interactive practice scenarios related to SHARP incidents.
    The Sept 10 test was the result of collaboration between the U.S. Army SHARP Program Office, the U.S. Army SHARP Academy, Army Research Laboratories, the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, and the National Simulation Center - Army Games for Training program.
    “The goal for the ELITE SHARP CTT is to create a baseline standard that lays out the golden rules for an effective unit SHARP program,” said Ashley Russell, process improvement specialist with the Army SHARP Program Office.
    The beta testing is the first phase of the software validation process. Once users provide their comments to the developer, the recommendations will be reviewed and considered for improvements.
    “This is not the final product,” said Tim Wansburry, with the Army Research Laboratory, Orlando, Fla.
    The revised program will be provided to the Army SHARP Program Office, who will then have the National Simulation Center conduct a software validation test. Following the NSC software testing, the program will be evaluated by Army Research Institute for how effective the program is for training.
    Upon completion of testing and validation, a determination will be made for the best location to use this program. According to Russell, the CTT program could be used at an institutional setting such as the Pre-Command Course for future brigade and battalion commanders, at an installation setting like the Company Commander/First Sergeant Course, or solely as a unit training program at the battalion and brigade.
    “We want to provide a virtual interpersonal environment for the unit command team to practice baseline knowledge and skills so they have some practice before they have to deal with a SHARP incident involving a soldier or Department of the Army civilian — a baseline standard with common references to support the unit SHARP program personnel and leaders,” Russell said.
    Following the day-long test, participants were quick to provide feedback on how to improve the application. Comments went as far as pointing out that the avatars should be wearing the new Operational Camouflage Pattern Army Combat Uniform. The participants said they felt the new application would provide current and future command teams with a useful tool to better prepare for dealing with a SHARP incident.
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