Accession Number:

ADA164694

Title:

An Investigation of Alternatives for Setting Second-to-Third Tour Reenlistment Standards

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jan-Aug 1985

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

90.0

Abstract:

This paper was written in response to a request from the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Department of the Army. The task was to investigate the appropriateness of using the General Technical GT composite of the ASVAB as a reenlistment criterion. Three aptitude measures, all ASVAB composites, were compared to measures of proficiency in job performance Armed Forces Qualification Test AFQT, General Technical GT and the specific Aptitude Area AA composites. The GT is similar to the AFQT except for exclusion of a speed test. The AA composites are differential aptitude measures and would be expected to provide a better prediction of performance in specific military occupational specialties MOS. The predictive ability of each of these composites was analyzed and the results compared. Job proficiency was measured by the Skill Qualification Tests SQT. The univariate and multivariate statistical methods used in this research demonstrated that all aptitude measures were significantly related to performance across MOS and skill levels. This is true even when variables measuring experience and education are included in the analysis. The specific AA composites generally predicted performance better than either AFQT or GT. The results suggest that, when no MOS-specific performance measures are available, AA scores are the preferable reenlistment criteria relative to either AFQT or GT scores. Keywords Reenlistment criteria SQT Qualifications Manpower quality MOS Regressions Correlations AFQT Performance Tests.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE