Suitability Screening Test for Marine Corps Air Traffic Controllers
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH STUDIES AND TECHNOLOGY MILLINGTON TN
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The objective of this study was to develop and validate the Marine Air Traffic Controller Suitability Test MATC-ST, a non-cognitive profile of successful US Marine Corps Air Traffic Controllers ATC, to assist in the selection and screening process of Marines for ATC duty. Through the use of the Navy Computerized Adaptive Personality Scales NCAPS, non-cognitive traits were correlated with job advancement and qualifying performance measures, and used to develop the suitability profile of successful Marine ATCs. Hierarchical regression analyses suggest that the MATC-ST accounts for 14 of the variance of ATC job performance beta.375, t5.804, p.000 and adds incremental validity above and beyond the ASVAB score in selection for the ATC Military Occupational Specialty MOS. Making such a suitability profile greatly increases the efficiency of the Marine Corps ATC personnel pipeline and relieves the burden of unproductive training by providing early detection of Marines who are and are not likely to perform satisfactorily as ATCs. The implementation of the MATC-ST will reduce attrition and increase the quality of Marines selected for the ATC MOS.
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