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Pilot Study To Examine Training Eligibility Standards
Final rept. Jan 2005-Mar 2006
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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The aim of this pilot study is to examine training enlistment standards utilizing Army Training Requirements and Resources System ATRRS training data which records individual-level training events for all MOS, but is limited to pass I fail outcomes. Specifically, we seek to investigate the tradeoffs between training eligibility and Advanced Individual Training AIT completion brought about through lowering I raising minimum enlistment training standards, and to develop methodologies which can be utilized to assist school proponents in assessing the appropriateness of their Aptitude Area AA cut scores. For the initial effort in this pilot, the 50 MOS investigated belonged to a handful of school proponents who expressed an interest in the objectives of this study, plus a few additional ones recommended by Army Accessions Command. Subsequently, an additional 30 MOS that promised sufficient numbers of failure observations were also included. The authors specify and estimate binary logistic regression models of pass I fail training outcomes over the 2001 - 2004 period. Training outcome is estimated as a function of AA governing composite, Soldier demographic, and component membership variables. The estimated models are then applied to the larger Army enlisted contract population to examine the policy tradeoffs. For select MOS, the policy analyses are examined more closely using risk analysis simulation methods.
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