Preliminary Validation of an Interest Inventory for Selection of Navy Recruiters
NAVAL PERSONNEL AND TRAINING RESEARCH LAB SAN DIEGO CA
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The quality and quantity of the enlisted manpower of the Navy is in large part dependent upon the effectiveness of Navy recruiters. The advent of the all-volunteer armed forces has made selection of the most capable recruiters increasingly important. Since the Strong Vocational Interest Blank SVIB has been used successfully by the Naval Personnel and Training Research Laboratory NPTRL to predict officer retention as well as the successful completion of Naval Academy and NROTC programs, the use of the SVIB for the improvement of recruiter selection was investigated. The SVIB responses of the most and least effective recruiters at 36 main recruiting stations were contrasted for half the sample to select a set of valid items. These items comprised the Recruiter Interest Scale-1 RIS-1. When cross-validated on the remaining sample, the RIS-1 scale discriminated quite well between the most and least effective recruiters. It is therefore recommended that the RIS-1 scale be used to identify potentially effective recruiters. Suggestions were proposed to increase the number of applicants for recruiting duty and to further improve recruiter selection.
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