Accession Number : AD0636328

Title :   FACTOR ANALYSIS OF THE COMMANDER'S EVALUATION REPORT.

Corporate Author : ARMY ENLISTED EVALUATION CENTER INDIANAPOLIS IND

Personal Author(s) : URRY, Vern W. ; Nicewander,W. Alan

Report Date : MAY 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : A factor-analytic study was conducted to determine what the current Commander's Evaluation Report (CER) measures and what a revised CER should measure. For these purposes, samples from the 2 and 4 skill levels were used. Five interpretable factors were extracted at the 2 skill level. These were: Rater Bias or Halo Effect; Contribution to Group Effort; Dependability; Drive for Self-Improvement; and Military Propriety. Of the above factors, Contribution to Group Effort, Dependability, and Drive for Self-Improvement were most valid. At the 4 skill level, six interpretable factors were extracted. These were: Rater Bias or Halo Effect; Dependability; Direction of Group Effort; Drive for Self-Improvement; Motivation for Military Life; and Personal Bearing. The factors, Direction of Group Effort, Drive for Self-Improvement, and Motivation for Military Life, were most valid. The rating characteristics to be used in a revised CER should elicit responses which are related to the more valid factors. For this purpose 14 rating characteristics were recommended. These were: Cooperativeness, Reliability, Job Performance, Drive, Development, Conduct, Initiative, Job Knowledge, Acceptability, Adaptability, Application, Leadership, Participation, and Responsibility. A random ordering of descriptive statements for each rating characteristic was proposed to counteract the tendency of raters to react to general impressions of ratees. The action was necessary since approximately 60 percent of the variance measured by the current CER was of this nature. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ARMY PERSONNEL, PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS), (*PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS, FACTOR ANALYSIS), MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY, SELECTION, LEADERSHIP, PERSONALITY, MOTIVATION, BEHAVIOR

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE