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Next-Generation Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

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[Technical Report, Interim Report]

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Human Resources Research OrganizationINFOSCITEX CORP DAYTON OH

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The United States Air Force USAF uses the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery ASVAB to select recruits and classify them into Air Force Specialties AFSs. However, a variety of new assessments have been developed and proposed, and assessment time at Military Entrance Processing Stations MEPS is limited. As a result, the purpose of this project was to examine the impact of changes to the USAF Mechanical, Administrative, General, and Electronics MAGE ASVAB composites to make the best use of testing time. This report describes a series of analyses to evaluate the projected impact of removing technical knowledge subtests from the Mechanical and Electronics composites, and adding subtests to the Administrative and General composites. Impact was primarily investigated in terms of predictive validity and subgroup differences. We found that for the Mechanical and Electronics composites, it was possible to choose alternatives that would likely decrease subgroup differences while not substantially reducing predictive validity. For the Administrative and General composites, differences between existing operational composites and alternatives were also found, but were less pronounced. In sum, this project presents potential alternative MAGE composites that could be implemented depending on the talent management objectives and priorities of the USAF.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Statistics and Probability

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[A, Approved For Public Release]