A Method for Developing a Criterion for Combat Performance of Naval Aviators
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Current Naval aviator selection and screening procedures are based on the individuals statistical probability of completing flight training and do not determine the capability of the student to adapt to an operational environment. The resultant failure of some student aviators to complete the advanced stages of training and the ineffective performance of others in operational missions have caused a considerable financial loss and a lessening of combat readiness. A critical incident study, using 30 aviators who have combat experience, indicates that there are 10 categories of behavior which characterize effective and ineffective Naval aviators. Procedures to identify these categories early in flight training are discussed.