OFIGOperational Forces Interface Group (US Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center)
OFIGOne Foot in the Grave
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It is important to note that the inferences mentioned below are on the basis of visits to all 10 project districts, inspection of 36 MSIs and 75 SSIs, and interviews of 800 Micro Finance, OFIG and LTST beneficiaries.
- Literacy Through Skill Training (LTST), Off Farm Income Generation (OFIG): As an acid test of LTST, the beneficiaries were asked to read and write a sentence.
level of skill learned, earning capabilities and suitability of timings and duration of training, were not much different from the results of OFIG.
In conducting field surveys, OFIG and CRT stay impartial.
OFIG also has developed networks with units and commanders through out the Army over the years.
On a trip earlier this year to Joint Force Headquarters, Massachusetts National Guard, Dan Harshman, an OFIG equipment specialist, asked Guardsmen to complete detailed 7-page questionnaires about the FSCU they were issued last year to field-test.
OFIG continues to solicit new ideas for assessment and possible development and fielding.
OFIG acquires customer feedback through installation visits, user assessments, and exhibits or technical displays.
Installation visits are the core of OFIG. The team initially visited four installations per year.
Within two weeks after returning from a training exercise or deployment, soldiers are rallied together to fill out surveys tailored to their type of unit, and they're interviewed to help OFIG representatives gauge their satisfaction with items developed at the Soldier Systems Center.
OFIG has been in the business of collecting field feedback for 20 years and has three engineering psychologists who specialize in the development of surveys and in interpreting field feedback.
The NSC believes that the Soldier Innovation Initiative features important differences in process and scope from the Army Ideas for Excellence Program because the initiative employs OFIG to actively solicit creative ideas and solutions from returning combat veterans.