Accession Number:

ADA019002

Title:

Dimensions of Certain Army Officer Positions Derived by Factor Analysis

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

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Report Date:

1975-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

A new approach to the description of Army officer duty positions is to cluster functionally related tasks into duty modules. This report assesses the efficacy of this approach. Task-analysis data were collected from 403 Infantry officers and 74 Quartermaster officers in representative duty positions described by 93 duty modules data reflected duties both under actual or simulated combat conditions and under garrison conditions. These data were factor analyzed by the principal components method and the factors were rotated by the varimax method. Results indicate that Army officer duty positions can be divided into six factors that describe the functions of Unit command, operations and training, manpower and personnel, logistics, intelligence, and troop welfare. The duty module concept is confirmed as a logical and parsimonious strategy for defining Army duty positions and determining relationships among these positions this approach can be used to develop career progression models and to relate officers training to their assignments, for the Officer Personnel Management System.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE