U.S. Army reduces training time by up to 48% with Memre
In 2018, Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading contractor with the U.S. Department of Defense, tapped Memre to make their defense training more effective and efficient. Their goal was to boost retention and reduce training time for two U.S. Army courses taken by approximately 100 soldiers. And the results were, in a word, definitive.
Testing for success
Booz Allen Hamilton conducted a pilot to test the effectiveness of the Memre adaptive learning platform. The study was tested against control groups in two one-week courses. The courses were for mine detection (Minehound Handheld Mine Detector) and intel support (Company Intel Support Team or 'COIST')—two disparate fields with distinct training methods.
Booz Allen Hamilton examined any difference that Memre's adaptive learning platform might make in these course outcomes. The results were tested both at the end of each course, and six weeks after course completion.
Higher scores with higher memory retention
In both cases, the soldiers who used Memre significantly outperformed the control groups. They showed significant improvement in post-tests taken a week after course completion, and also on follow-up tests six weeks later. For the COIST course, Memre users outscored their counterparts by 15% on the week-one post-tests. That gap led to 23% better scores on the post-tests taken six weeks later, where the results showed that Memre users retained greater than 50% more of their training. This meant that overall soldiers retained 70.4% of the information with Memre, versus 46.8% without Memre.
Another positive outcome of using Memre was a reduction in training time. Soldiers saved between 33-48% in training time with Memre. On the COIST course, learners using Memre completed their studies at an average of 17 hours, compared to 30 hours for non-Memre users. On the Minehound course, learners on Memre completed their training in eight hours, compared to 12 hours for non-Memre users.
Easy to implement and use
With performance improvements across the board, the data reflects why learners and instructors of both courses might prefer Memre. 94% of soldiers using Memre said that they felt their training was more efficient and improved their knowledge. In addition, 100% of the instructors using Memre said that they would like to use Memre for future training.
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