USE OF THE STRONG VOCATIONAL INTEREST BLANK IN IDENTIFYING NAVAL ACADEMY EARLY MOTIVATIONAL DISENROLLEES.
NAVAL PERSONNEL AND TRAINING RESEARCH LAB SAN DIEGO CALIF
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Prior to beginning the first year academic curriculum at the Naval Academy, incoming midshipmen are required to complete plebe summer--a non-academic military training program. Typically, some members of each incoming class fail to complete this summer training, with the great majority of disenrollments being for motivational reasons. During the summer of 1968 a dramatic increase over previous years occurred in the number of voluntary motivational drops from the class scheduled to graduate in 1972. To determine whether these drops differ from remaining midshipmen, comparisons were made on SVIB occupational scales, basic interest scales, and individual item responses. The validity of the empirical scale and the results on existing scales indicate that the SVIB can aid in identifying the midshipmen most likely to voluntarily disenroll during Naval Academy plebe summer. Author
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