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Validation of the Cadet Background and Experience Form (CBEF) to Support Army ROTC Personnel Assessment (2015-2018)

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Technical Report,01 May 2015,31 May 2018

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Human Resources Research Organization Alexandria United States

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This report covers research conducted in 2015-2018 by the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences that extends an ongoing program of research initiated in 2007. The initial goal was to develop a new non-cognitive measure, the Cadet Background and Experience Form CBEF, to help inform the award of ROTC four-year scholarships. The operational CBEF continues to perform well for this purpose. The revised CBEF composite, which was implemented for candidates applying for the 2016-2017 academic year, has consistently higher levels of validity relative to the original composite. In addition, the new composite is shown to demonstrate incremental validity for predicting cadet withdrawal through the four years of ROTC enrollment. This report also describes the results from CBEF testing of cadets at the ROTC Summer Advanced Camp. These data collections were critical to the development of a new on-campus CBEF which has been implemented for awarding two- and three-year scholarships. Advanced Camp also permits the validation of the CBEF and other USACC metrics against subsequent job performance and career advancement e.g., battalion command. This research will help USACC to award scholarships to those most likely to have a successful officer career and will provide insights about the most important aspects of pre-commissioning training.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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