Special Tactics training manual series

Outcomes Based Learning Professional Handbook

OBL training  manual (paperback)
Outcomes Based Learning helps dramatically improve training effectiveness and battlefield performance, and develop better, more adaptive leaders.
Developed by a team of Tier 1 special operations veterans and professional training & leadership development experts.

A Better Way to Train & Develop Leaders

Many still think that sitting in a chair and watching a PowerPoint presentation is an effective way to learn, but a better approach to learning and training has been gaining traction within the U.S. military, particularly in special operations, ever since the early days of the Global War on Terror.

Outcomes Based Learning (OBL),
also known as Outcomes Based Training and Education (OBT&E), combines cutting-edge brain science with real-world combat lessons to dramatically improve training effectiveness and battlefield performance.
Objective Based Learning (OBL) teaches students HOW to think instead of just what to think by taking them outside their comfort zone and placing them in challenging and uncertain training environments built around realistic, scenario-based training evolutions.

This approach simultaneously fosters important personal attributes including adaptability, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, judgment, confidence, and moral courage.
Some of the major topics covered in this handbook include:
  • The evolution of process-based and outcomes-based training
  • Maneuver Warfare Theory
  • John Boyd and the OODA Loop
  • Developing outcomes for attributes, skills, and knowledge
  • Examples of OBL application to various combat training subjects
  • Free-play Force-on-Force scenario training
  • Tactical Decision Exercises (TDEs)
  • Wargames, staff rides, and historical case studies
  • More effective ways to conduct an After Action Review (AAR)
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