Accession Number:

ADA550828

Title:

NEO Personality Inventory-Revised Normative Data that Distinguish U.S. Air Force AC-130 Gunship Sensor Operators from Enlisted Airmen Who Fail Training and Peers in the General Population

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Sep 2009-May 2011

Corporate Author:

SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE WRIGHT PATTERSON AFB OH AEROSPACE MEDICINE DEPT/ AEROSPACE MEDICINE CONSULTATION DIV

Report Date:

2011-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

United States Air Force USAF AC-130 gunship sensor operators SOs represent a unique group of enlisted airmen in a high-demand, high-risk position where they have a central role in reconnaissance, surveillance, and aerial precision-strike operations in combat. Although there is research on the influence and role of personality traits regarding USAF pilots and other high-demand, high-risk aviation-related military positions, there has been much less focus on the personality traits of AC-130 gunship SOs. To fill the gap in the literature, the NEO Personality Inventory-Revised NEO PI-R was administered to enlisted airmen who had successfully passed training n 59 as well as failed training n 20 in an effort to a assess how the personality traits of such a specialized group of enlisted airmen SO incumbents differ from the civilian general population, b assess how key personality traits e.g., neuroticism, extraversion, openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness for incumbents differ from enlisted airmen who failed training, c develop occupationally specific normative data and distribution of personality scores for use in aeromedical clinical psychological evaluations, and d illustrate the value of using occupationally specific normative data and cutoff values regarding personality test scores to improve the selection of future candidates who have a greater probability of success in training. Results assist military and civilian clinical psychologists with the interpretation of NEO PI-R psychological test scores for SO applicants and incumbents and inform decision makers on personality traits that may be useful in the selection process for this career field.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE