Confirming Differences in Relative-Value Proficiency Marks
CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ARLINGTON VA
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Knowing the magnitude of performance differences among individuals in terms of incremental value to the Marine Corps is critical in making personnel decisions. Given the current performance appraisal system of the Marine Corps, it was known that different personnel subgroups generally receive different performance ratings. However, the translation of these performance differences into incremental value to the Marine Corps had not been addressed. Recent research by analysts at the Center for Naval Analyses has focused on developing a methodology to quantify the magnitude of these performance differences. All Marines in ranks private through corporal E1-E4 regularly receive performance evaluations from their supervising officers. These evaluations are quantified in terms of proficiency marks. Responding to a specially designed survey, Marine Corps officers were asked to translate their personal interpretations of the proficiency marks into estimates of increased value to the Marine Corps. The translation was then applied to existing proficiency marks for a large sample of first-term Marines. The purpose of this study was to cross-validate the magnitude of performance differences associated with proficiency marks as found by survey.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations