FACTOR ANALYSIS OF THE COMMANDER'S EVALUATION REPORT.
ARMY ENLISTED EVALUATION CENTER INDIANAPOLIS IND
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A factor-analytic study was conducted to determine what the current Commanders Evaluation Report CER measures and what a revised CER should measure. For these purposes, samples from the 2 and 4 skill levels were used. Five interpretable factors were extracted at the 2 skill level. These were Rater Bias or Halo Effect Contribution to Group Effort Dependability Drive for Self-Improvement and Military Propriety. Of the above factors, Contribution to Group Effort, Dependability, and Drive for Self-Improvement were most valid. At the 4 skill level, six interpretable factors were extracted. These were Rater Bias or Halo Effect Dependability Direction of Group Effort Drive for Self-Improvement Motivation for Military Life and Personal Bearing. The factors, Direction of Group Effort, Drive for Self-Improvement, and Motivation for Military Life, were most valid. The rating characteristics to be used in a revised CER should elicit responses which are related to the more valid factors. For this purpose 14 rating characteristics were recommended. These were Cooperativeness, Reliability, Job Performance, Drive, Development, Conduct, Initiative, Job Knowledge, Acceptability, Adaptability, Application, Leadership, Participation, and Responsibility. A random ordering of descriptive statements for each rating characteristic was proposed to counteract the tendency of raters to react to general impressions of ratees. The action was necessary since approximately 60 percent of the variance measured by the current CER was of this nature. Author
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