ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
The present research was designed to assess the acceptability of a peer evaluation technique among enlisted men in combat and combat support units. Specifically, the objectives were to 1 measure soldier attitudes toward peer evaluations using the Unit Associate Rating Questionnaire UARQ 2 gather information regarding the relative acceptability of various evaluation techniques for use in making decisions as to promotion or separation from the service and 3 determine whether non-training units pose any feasibility problems for the administration of associate ratings. National Guardsmen N79 participated in an associate rating procedure in which they were asked to rate those in their platoon who were best and worst at getting the job done. They then completed the Unit Associate Rating Questionnaire UARQ which sampled attitudes about the value and acceptability of associate evaluation procedures, and also completed a biographic survey. Guardsmen expressed generally favorable attitudes about associate evaluation, in contrast to previous findings in officer populations. In their opinion, associate ratings were based on enough and sufficiently varied experiences with other members of the platoon to be valuable for predicting future performance.