Accession Number:

AD0263742

Title:

PREDICTION OF UNACCEPTABLE PERFORMANCE IN THE ARMY,

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ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE (ARMY) WASHINGTON D C

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Report Date:

1961-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

The Retention Standards Task was established for the early identification of enlisted men who meet current induction or reenlistment standards but whose cumulative record of performance in the Army is likely to prove unacceptable. The purpose of the present study was to explore the potential usefulness of a variety of personnel measures in identifying those enlisted personnel likel to become disciplinary problems in the Army. Several personnel measures, obtained on a group of 1780 first-term enlisted men completing basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood during 1953-54, were evaluated as possible predictors of military unacceptability. These measures included the mens AFQT scores, various indices based upon background information on the men, Average Basic Training Ratings, scores on a basic training written proficiency test, and scores on a basic training performance stakes test. Indices of unacceptability were based upon type of discharge and courts-martial record. The measures through which unacceptable men are most likely to be identified were found to be AFQT score and age at entry--measures available prior to a mans entry into the Army. The Ratings, the stakes test and the written proficiency test were found to be predictive of military delinquency, but only the stakes test and the Ratings could add to the predictiveness of the first two measures. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE