ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
The primary objectives of this study were to evaluate the inter-rater reliability of a rating form designed to select AH-1 transisition candidates and to study rater acceptance of rating forms. It was hypothesized that COBRA pilots in cavalry and assault units would demonstrate high inter-rater reliability when rating non-AH-1 qualified aviators in their units on potential for AH-1 transistion and gunship pilot duties. A variable of interest was the effect of length of rater-ratee acquaintance on inter-rater reliability Freeberg, 1969. AH-1 qualified aviators demonstate a high degree of inter-rater reliabilty when rating AH-1 candidates in their units. Statistical reliability was higher within those units where raters and ratees had been acquainted longer. The majority 58 of AH-1 qualified raters sampled feel that ratings by fellow aviators should be used in selecting candidates for COBRA transistion. Many raters 20 had reservations about the use of ratings because of the influence of friendship and other personal biases. Another group felt ratings could not 8 or might not 7 be effective in identifying potentially successful AH-1 candidates.