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Validating Future Force Performance Measures (Army Class): End of Training Longitudinal Validation
Final rept. Jan-Dec 2008
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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The Army needs the best personnel to meet the emerging demands of the 21st century. Accordingly, the Army is seeking recommendations on new experimental predictor measures that could enhance entry-level Soldier selection and classification decisions, in particular, measures of non-cognitive attributes e.g., interests, values, temperament. The U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences ARI is conducting a longitudinal criterion-related validation research effort to collect data to inform these recommendations. Data on experimental predictors were collected from about 11,000 Soldiers. Training criterion data were collected for differing subsets of the predictor sample in the first of three planned criterion measurement points. Soldiers were drawn from two samples a job-specific samples targeting six entry-level Military Occupational Specialties MOS and b an Army-wide sample with no MOS-specific requirements. In the analyses reported here, the value of the experimental predictor measures to enhance new Soldier selection was examined. Overall, many of the experimental predictors significantly incremented the Armed Forces Qualification Test AFQT in predicting Soldier performance and retention during training. In addition, the experimental predictors generally exhibited smaller subgroup mean differences by gender, race, and ethnicity than the AFQT.
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