Whether the student will perform the act or direct others to do so.
Whether or not the examination should be in a specific order.
(3) Whether the examination should also include the patient's medical
history and present complaint. A better place to start is a general goal statement which
will tell, in plain language, what the trained soldiers are to do.
b. A Goal Statement. A goal statement can come from the commander, any
officer in charge, or the NCO in charge. The statement should tell, quite simply, what
behaviors are expected following the completion of the training. The statement might
say, "We can expect to operate a lot on or near water. I want my soldiers to be able to
save their own lives if they have to swim ashore. They should all be able to swim at
least a quarter mile. At first, they should be able to do it without gear, but later I expect
them to be able to do it with gear." This statement will tell you that each soldier must be
taught to swim. They need to swim at least one-quarter mile with gear.
c. Write a Task Statement. The good task statement is written so that the
performance is easily recognized when it has been accomplished. The verb used is an
action word. It is selected, based on the kind of behavior needed. Figure 4-1 lists some
of the measurable and/or observable verbs.
Figure 4-1. Examples of action words to use in a task statement.
d. Examples of Task Statements. Examples of each type are:
(1) Information. List the major cavities of the human body. State the
definition for "apnea." Tell the initial treatment for a heat exhaustion patient.