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    Default UK calling

    Got the acceptance email and a request to call the USA. Large attachment on email which downloads and refuses to open. Mulling this over.

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    Default Horn of Africa

    After several attempts to get the HOA loaded I finally finished the section this morning.

    Natural Landmarks would not open

    Card Game - Mad Match
    Still not sure what the benefits of this card game are. Doesn't seem to help other than a memory game.

    Suspect Search
    Traveling through Africa searching for a suspect. Sort of a means of identifying countries along the horn. Took me 19 out of 34 permitted hours to find the suspect. By choosing individual clues to assist in the search (each clue worth so many hours and minutes). Best to select the clues with the least amount of time required. Use the log notebook to keep up with your clues to preclude looking again and loosing more time.

    Quiz Time
    minus 3 points on some geographical questions

    Introduction to Comoros
    Did OK on the quiz despite never learning much about the Islands before today.
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    Default Culturally Appropriate Practices

    A quick read and good info on weather

    Economic Structure and Perspectives got more intense. Although, things such as holding hands and eye contact differ greatly in the DRC from say the HoA.

    Blew question 4 on the exam when asked "What should you do if offered food and drink?" Correct response was "accept it and try it".
    I decided to politely decline and live another day But then, if you ever had the pleasure of food poisoning in Africa with no medical services, you'd understand me a smiggin better

    The next modules concentrate more on job-specific issues
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    Okay, I'm done with it for now. It was an underwhelming experience.
    Sic Bisquitus Disintegrat...
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    Default Security Cooperation

    Moved onto my last lesson Security Cooperation - Partner Military Training (senior)

    Could not connect to the server regardless of which browser I used so stuck with Firefox. My progress was not saved and this created some lag and subsequent lessons would not automatically load. I literally logged off and restarted the entire lesson to go to the next episode.

    Sound problems with as much as a 5 second delay

    Episode One inside the tent
    Far too short to gain anything and nearly an unlikely scenario in Sub-Sahara.

    Episode Two in the armory
    Too much emphasis on chit chatting prior to getting into real conversation
    Lesson questions are too short and repetitive

    Episode Three at the firing range
    Spending too much time on perspectives and worried about the guy’s feelings in a potentially hazardous setting. Didn’t get anything out of the episode.

    Intend to complete the Post-Course Assessment Survey as I have a day job too
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    Default Post Evaluation

    I submitted my post evaluation, but not sure if it actually went somewhere.

    Sadly, I'm out of time and hope that the modules I completed together with
    my notes are of use.

    Overall I think we are not ready to deploy this to the general public. The level
    of information was short of my expectations and I am not sure I learned
    much. As a former US Army Senior Instructor with more than a decade in
    Africa, I don't think I would use this to prepare my future subordinates.
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    Hi Stan,

    Quote Originally Posted by Stan View Post
    Overall I think we are not ready to deploy this to the general public. The level of information was short of my expectations and I am not sure I learned much. As a former US Army Senior Instructor with more than a decade in Africa, I don't think I would use this to prepare my future subordinates.
    I would have to agree with you. While I've never been an Army Instructor, I think that there is a close enough knowledge / culture analog with teaching first year students at university, and I wouldn't recommend the VCAT for them. Personally, and this is thinking back on it after seeing some of the other tools coming out, I would say that VCAT is 6 - 12 months from any acceptance trials which could hope for a positive outcome.

    Then again, given your experience and mine as being (I think) the only Anthropologist in the trials, I expect our AARs will get buried . Hey, I may be a Romantic, but I'm a pessimistic one .
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    Hey Marc,
    Enjoyed your articles on TRADOC (really) !

    Quote Originally Posted by marct View Post
    Then again, given your experience and mine as being (I think) the only Anthropologist in the trials, I expect our AARs will get buried . Hey, I may be a Romantic, but I'm a pessimistic one .
    Now that would be a shame considering the "coaxing" I received to test the VCAT. Haven't heard from Paul lately and generally curious what the overall outcome will be.

    David and Ron,
    Have you folks completed the VCAT ?

    Regards, Stan
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    Default No go VCAT

    Stan,

    No I put VCAT back on the list of tasks and reading the critiques decided not for me. More on a PM that explains.

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