Multiple Aptitude Battery-II Normative Intelligence Test Data That Distinguish U.S. Air Force AC-130 Gunship Sensor Operators
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB BROOKS CITY-BASE TX HUMAN PERFORMANCE WING (711TH)
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U.S. Air Force USAF AC-130 Gunship sensor operators SOs represent a unique group of enlisted aircrew in a challenging and high-risk profession. Aside from motivation and key personality traits, cognitive ability is considered to have a pivotal role in succeeding as a gunship SO Chappelle, et aI., 2009. This study evaluated intelligence test scores from volunteers in the current inventory of Gunship SOs. The purpose of such intelligence testing was to develop normative tables on the general intellectual functioning of SOs who successfully pass training, and to identify cognitive distinguish Gunship SOs from peers in the Civilian, non-aircrew, general population, and airmen who fail SO training. The results of the study shed light on distinct objective differences in cognitive aptitudes that distinguish Gunship SOs from peers in the general population. Specific recommendations for the assessment and selection procedures and an aeromedical case vignette are provided.
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