ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BELVOIR VA FORT BELVOIR United States
Using data collected from U.S. Army officers before commissioning, we used a longitudinal design to validate ROTC Cadet Order of Merit list OML scores and training metrics against supervisor ratings of officer performance that were obtained up to eight years later. Analyses documented the substantial predictive validity of the ROTC OML and training metrics, R .33. Analyses also showed that the cadet personality measures are valid predictors of the subsequent supervisor ratings of officer performance, R .28. The combined predictive validity of the ROTC cadet training and personality metrics against the officer performance ratings was substantial, R .37. These results demonstrate the potential utility of using metrics collected from ROTC cadets to predict their subsequent performance as U.S. Army officers. The U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences ARI supported this research project.