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Purpose: Simulations are getting more and more integrated in education and training within the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA). Educational and training personnel need to have specific competencies to fulfil their function with respect to modelling and simulation (M&S). To acquire qualified personnel within the M&S work area, it is necessary to identify the essential competencies for M&S functions and to create a career path. In this research we will describe competency profiles for several M&S functions and integrate these profiles in a career path.

Method: First, four interviews were conducted to identify the M&S work area within the RNLA. Then a selection of relevant M&S functions was made. A set of competence statements was formulated as input for a card sort method. In this method M&S personnel was asked to sort the statements on their importance for one of the selected functions. These results were analyzed to describe the competence profiles and career path.

Results: The selected M&S functions were observer/trainer, analyst, scenario writer and instructor/operator. We analysed the sorted statements on their correlation, which resulted in five correlation factors. Each factor was identified as a main competence within the M&S work area. The importance of the main competences on the selected functions was described in a competence profile. These profiles showed both similarities and differences between the M&S functions. As the results were not conclusive, we therefore formulated three development profiles for the M&S field.

Conclusion: Competence profiles are necessary to extract a conclusive career path. Furthermore, relations with other functions within Education & Training Centres (OTC'a) and the human resources development need to be examined to describe this career path clearly.


Army, Card-sort, Competencies, Professional Development, Education, Training, Factor analyses, Resources/Interview/Interviews/Method/Modelling Simulators, On the job training

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Last updated on 12 February, 2015.