Development of a Model of Soldier Effectiveness: Retranslation Materials and Results
Final rept. Oct 1983-Sep 1985
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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The research described was performed under the overall heading of Project A , the Army current effort to improve the selection, classification, and use of Army enlisted personnel. It is part of an effort to develop dimensions for soldier performance for use in an Army -wide rating scale. The rating scale will be used in evaluating first-term soldiers in any type of Military Occupation Specialty MOS. A review of the literature and previous experience with enlisted soldiers provided the basis for a preliminary conceptual model of soldier effectiveness. Behavior analysis workshops involving 77 officers and noncommissioned officers then provided more than 1300 examples of effective and ineffective soldier behavior. Another 61 officers and NCOs sorted these examples into categories, and rated the effectiveness levels of the behavior. Seventy-eight percent of the examples were retranslated into a single consistent category within a narrow range of effectiveness. Comprehensive definitions of behavior were prepared for each of the 11 dimensions represented. Behavior-based rating scales for use as Army-wide criteria in Project A validation research were then developed. This research note provides the lists of behavioral examples in the translation books, and the details of their analysis.
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