Using an Assessment Center to Predict Field Leadership Performance of Army Officers and NCOs
Technical paper Jul 1973-Dec 1974
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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During 1973 and 1974, the U.S. Army Infantry School USAIS assessment Center ACTR at Fort Benning, GA., tested 408 officers and NCOs who were students in USAIS leadership courses. Field leadership performance ratings for these assessees were then obtained at 6- and 18-month intervals following graduation and assignment to new units. Complete rating data was obtained at 6 months for 159 of the original assessees and at 6 and 18 months for 108 of these assessees. Correlations between these ratings at 6 and 18 months averaged .66 for the different assessee groups, indicating a substantial degree of reliability for the rating instrument. Field leadership performance at 6 months was predicted by items in entry interview, a paper and pencil test, and a Person Description Blank. Taken together, however, the results indicate only marginal utility for the USAIS ACTR for prediction of the field leadership performance of junior officers and NCOs. Typically, the more assessor time required for an assessee measure, the less chance that the score would predict field leadership.