The Unobtrusive Measurement of Racial Bias Among Recruit Classification Specialists
Final rept. 1 Jan 1973-30 Jun 1974
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Unobtrusively-gathered historical data documenting decisions made in the Navys recruit classification process were utilized to determine whether there were significant differences between black and white classification interviewers in their treatment of black and white recruits. The nature of the classification procedure resulted in the essentially random assignment of black and white recruits to black and white classifiers. This permits a number of interesting comparisons and obviates numerous problems inherent in racial bias studies.