Characteristics of Navy Recruits on Reading Comprehension and Related Variables: A Quarterly Three-Year Profile for FY 1981-83,
NAVAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT CENTER PENSACOLA FL
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The purpose of the study was to describe the Navys recruit population on reading comprehension and related variables by calendar quarter during the 3-year period of Fiscal Years 1981-83. Quarterly computer reports were the source of data on educational background, aptitude, and reading comprehension level of 233,749 recruits. The data revealed that approximately four fifths of the subjects are high school graduates while the typical recruit has completed slightly less than 12 years of school and reads near the mid-11th grade level. A significantly higher percentage of high school graduate recruits than non-high school graduate recruits are deficient in reading comprehension based on the 6.0 reading grade level RGL criterion. Recruits who score above the 6.0 RGL have a higher aptitude score mean than recruits who score below the 6.0 RGL. Variability on educational background and reading comprehension level was observed when the data on recruits were compared across the 12 quarters of the 3-year period.