A METHOD TO IMPROVE THE SELECTION OF NAVAL OFFICERS FOR EARLY PROMOTION
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Each year Naval officer selection boards select highly qualified officers for early promotion. These boards base their determinations upon the officers records, primarily the Report on the Fitness of Officers. Presently, these reports do not contain sufficiently valid information for this purpose. This study proposes the use of peer ratings to increase the amount of valid information available to selection boards. From sociometric research conducted with peer ratings in the past 25 years, the validity and reliability of such ratings have been established. Based upon these findings, a model has been developed, which, if adopted for use, can provide selection boards with the degree of valid information required for the early promotion of outstanding officers.
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