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Revalidation of the Selection Instrument for Flight Training
Technical Report,28 Mar 2013,25 Sep 2015
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BELVOIR VA FORT BELVOIR
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The U.S. Army recently replaced the Alternate Flight Aptitude Selection Test AFAST with the Selection Instrument for Flight Training SIFT. The SIFT is an aviator aptitude test created by the Army. Prospective students are required to complete and pass the SIFT as part of admission to flight training. Created in 2006 by the U.S. Army Research Institute, the SIFT addressed limitations of the AFAST that included negligible predictive and face validity, inadequate operational support, compromised security, and outdated testing format i.e., paper and pencil testing. The present research analyzed the utility of the SIFT in predicting students success during flight training. SIFT exams were collected for all prospective students over the course of 2 years. Classroom and flight grades were collected for all students who successfully passed the SIFT and went on to enroll in the Initial Entry Rotary Wing IERW Common Core flight training Phase l. Results suggest that the SIFT provided weak to moderate prediction of IERW Phase l grades and flight performance, respectively. Future research should verify if the SIFT can predict students success in their Go-To-War aircrafts Phase II.
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