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Examining Enhanced Suitability Screening for Predicting Drill Sergeant Training and Job Outcomes

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[Technical Report, Final Report]

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The goal of this U.S. Army Research Institute research was to examine two non-cognitive assessments known as the Noncommissioned Officer Special Assignment Battery NSAB and the Assessment of Right Conduct ARC as potential predictors of performance in Drill Sergeant assignments. The initial sample consisted of 834 Drill Sergeants in the U.S. Army. The NSAB and ARC were administered to this sample during their first two weeks at the Drill Sergeant Academy DSA and then two waves of criterion data were collected first at the end of DSA approximately six weeks later and then after approximately 16-24 months on the job. These data were used to examine the validity of the NSAB and ARC for predicting Drill Sergeant outcomes. Results indicated that the both the NSAB and ARC alone have substantial validity for predicting a broad range of outcomes multiple Rs ranging from .24 to .56 and that combining these two measures in a single regression model can improve the prediction of each outcome. These results suggest that the NSAB and ARC may be useful for identifying Soldiers with high potential to be successful in Drill Sergeant assignments.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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[A, Approved For Public Release]