STATUS REPORT ON RESEARCH FOR THE U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY (CADET LEADERS TASK)
Technical research rept.
ARMY PERSONNEL RESEARCH OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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In the continuation of psychological research for the United States Military Academy, initiated during WW II, effort has been largely concerned with improving selection procedures and with evaluating achievement in various aspects of the primary officer training programs. The present report deals with research undertaken in a series of projects covering the period 1 January 1957 through 31 December 1962. The two major problems with which the current research has been concerned are prediction of success of WP graduates in officer assignments of various types and at various levels, and identification of those applicants who show leadership potential and who also are motivated to complete USMA training and subsequent Regular Army officer careers. A number of instruments were developed and administered with the objective of supplementing current selection measures to provide more adequate assessment of motivation and leadership potential. Earlier findings were reinforced in that the Aptitude for the Service Rating ASR continues to maintain its predictive superiority over other WP measures with reference to later performance on both field grade and company grade officers. Continuing validity studies and extended follow-up research hold promise for provision of guidance to the USMA in evaluating training given to cadets.
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