DEVELOPMENT OF BENCHMARK SCALES FOR AIR FORCE OFFICER POSITION EVALUATION.
PERSONNEL RESEARCH LAB LACKLAND AFB TEX
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The study provides a refinement of the procedures previously developed for the determination of the appropriate distribution of officer grades for the Air Force to permit application of the same position evaluation procedure to individual officer positions. A scale of benchmark jobs with titles of established successive levels of requirements was used to derive a set of job requirement factor scales. These scales were applied to 1000 Air Force officer position descriptions collected and previously applied in the Officer Grade Requirements Study. Comparison of rating distributions based upon adjective scales and the benchmark scales revealed lower mean values, larger standard deviations, and superior zero-order validity of the ratings based on the benchmark scales. The predictive efficiency of optimal composites of the benchmark scales was equivalent to that of the adjective scales. A set of integer weights for use in field application of the equations was derived without significant loss of validity. Author
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations