for future development. The first will focus on creating approaches to MOS analysis and job design that will provide a database of common tasks, skills, and knowledge across MOSs. It is suggested that such a database could be extremely valuable for designing new jobs or combining existing jobs. The second development concerns evaluating the applicability and usefulness of various civilian job classification systems, such as O*NET™, both for relevant methodology and for matching military and civilian jobs. The third development involves exploring the use of the Internet for data collection and information dissemination.
In a report prepared for the Army Research Institute, Russell, Mumford, and Peterson (1995) proposed the application of O*NET™ to occupational analysis in the Army. They begin their discussion with a statement of the role of occupational analysis in the Army of 2010 with regard to changing missions, tailoring units to missions, developing new technology and weapons systems, changing battle command, emerging information technology, and ongoing rapid change. Table 6.10 (taken from this report) provides an overview of the implications of these changes for manpower, personnel, and training as well as for occupational analysis.
The report further proposes an ideal Army occupational analysis system that would "be used by manpower, personnel and training professionals and perhaps Army commanders in the Army 2010. Its linked data bases would allow easy access to descriptions of training courses that teach a particular skill, to lists of soldiers who have skills and abilities relevant to a particular type of mission, to Army jobs that have similar requirements, and so on. It would have a menu-driven, user-oriented interface that allows users to access data at the level of aggregation and specificity that is best suited to the application" (Russell et al., 1995:11).
The three linked databases—readiness, occupations, and training—would be related to each other through a common language provided by O*NET™ variables. Together, these databases would provide all the information needed for such tasks as assembling a special operation in the field or for developing training requirements for a combined MOS.
The specific characteristics of an ideal Army Personnel Network (AP*NET) and their relationship to existing O*NET™ char-