Development of a Computer-Based Naval Aviation Selection Test Battery.
Interim rept. Oct 82-Aug 86,
NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL
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Since World War II, efforts to improve tests used to select aircrew have continued. Due to the escalating costs of training aircrew, particularly pilots, improvements in the predictive validity of aircrew selection batteries have become increasingly important. At present, the general consensus of the selection community is that existing paper-and-pencil tests fail to adequately measure four major areas of individual differences that could increase the predictive validity of aircrew selection batteries psychomotor skills, information processing abilities, higher-order cognitive processes, and personality. This report describes a new aircrew selection battery recently developed at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory that is intended to measure individual differences in these areas. Two sets of data are presented for each task in the experimental battery. One set was obtained from operational aircrew the other, from aviation officer candidates. Data are also provided indicating the differential stabilities, reliabilities, and interrelations among the dependent measures. We recommended that the newly developed battery, after refinement, be administered to 500 aviation candidates and their performance through primary flight training monitored. Selection battery measures can then be compared to criterion measures in the flight training environment to assess the predictive validity of the various selection battery tests.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations