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PREDICTION OF OCS ACADEMIC GRADES AND POST-OCS PERFORMANCE OF JUNIOR OFFICERS WITH A BATTERY OF SPEEDED TESTS
BUREAU OF NAVAL PERSONNEL WASHINGTON D C
This study tested the hypothesis that a speed factor may be used to predict 1 OCS academic grades, and 2 post-OCS performance of junior officers. Ten experimental speeded tests were used as predictors, along with three experimental reference tests which served as control variables. There were two criteria. The first was OCS academic grades, and the second consisted of Officer Fitness Reports OFR and Junior Officer Activity Checklists JOAC. The sample for the first criterion consisted of 132AND 273 officer candidates in OCS classes 37 and 38, respectively. Results showed that speeded tests did not consistently add to the prediction of OCS academic grades. The sample for the second criterion was divided into two groups--junior officers in fleet billets N108 and those in shore billets N81. Results of the study for the fleet billet group showed that speeded tests did not predict postOCS performance. A non-speeded variable, Peer Ratings, did predict OFR, albeit only to a moderate extent. None of the tested variables predicted performance at shore billets. Author