Vocational Interest and Army ROTC Success
ARMY MILITARY PERSONNEL CENTER ALEXANDRIA VA
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In this study, interest is used in an effort to predict whether students entering an Army ROTC program will successfully complete the program or drop out. The Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory was administered to 108 students in 5 classifications at Middle Tennessee State University during the spring of 1980. The classifications were First Year ROTC, First Year Non-ROTC, Upperclass ROTC, Upperclass ROTC Dropout, and Upperclass Non-ROTC. Four statistical analyses were made using a discriminant analysis program. The results indicate that statistically different interest scores were observed in the ROTC and Non-ROTC students and suggest that interest measures can be used to identify the students most likely to remain in the ROTC program. A regression equation was developed in an effort to predict these successes on the basis of interest measurement. However, to determine the real success of this equation and the predictions resulting from its use, a longitudinal follow-up must be conducted of the present First Year ROTC class.
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