Accession Number:

AD0730463

Title:

An Evaluation of Psychiatric Selection at Naval Training Centers,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVY MEDICAL NEUROPSYCHIATRIC RESEARCH UNIT SAN DIEGO CALIF

Report Date:

1970-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

A longitudinal research investigation, involving 11,000 naval enlistees, was conducted in 1960 for the purpose of evaluating the validity of three psychiatric screening procedures used experimentally for personnel selection at naval training centers. Subjects were followed throughout their first enlistments, or for a period of approximately four years, in order to ascertain rates of fleet effectiveness, attrition, and reenlistment. Results of the study indicated that standard psychiatric selection procedures were minimally valid for lowering attrition and non-effective performance in the fleet. A variety of recruit personal history characteristics was found to be related to fleet effectiveness. It was concluded that the validity of discharge decisions in recruit training could be considerably enhanced through the use of predicted effectiveness scores based upon relevant recruit characteristics. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE