THE ASSESSMENT OF OFFICER-LIKE QUALITIES IN NAVAL AIR CADETS
NAVAL SCHOOL OF AVIATION MEDICINE PENSACOLA FL
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The report presents a test case for the validity of the officer- like qualities rating, together with analyses of the validity of other measures of nontechnical aspects of training. These include peer nominations, cadet officership, and records of delinquency and demerits. Certain internal properties of the OLQ rating are examined, especially the incidence of substandard checks. The criterion of validity was judgment of acceptability as an officer made by senior officers in the fleet. In general, evidence reveals that satisfactory men differ from unsatisfactory men throughout training. Available measures possess sufficient validity for prediction purposes. It is suggested that officerlikeness involves traits of military behavior, leadership, acceptability as a person, and devotion to duty. Proposals to improve the measurement of officerlikeness are considered.
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