Replication of Zeidner, Johnson, and Colleagues' Method for Estimating Army Aptitudes Area (AA) Composites
Final rept. Feb 2001-Sep 2003
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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To select and classify recruits to entry-level jobs, the Army employs nine Aptitude Area AA composites that are derived from the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery ASVAB. Effective January 2002, the Army adopted an interim set of nine AA composites based on empirically estimated weights for a seven ASVAB test battery. Zeidner, Johnson, and colleagues had developed these Interim composites as part of ongoing research into improved military classification systems. The purpose of the present study was to independently replicate and document - as a prerequisite for subsequent evaluation - the Zeidner, Johnson, and colleagues method, and previously reported results, for the 9,17, and 150 composites comprising their proposed classification system. Following Zeidner, Johnson, and colleagues method, the present study successfully reproduced the 9, 17, and 150 composites. These findings support the operational use of the 9 interim composites, as well as the use of the 9171150 composites in future research and policy analysis evaluating the potential of the proposed two-tiered classification system to substantially improve Army-wide classification and assignment.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations