Accession Number : AD0732399

Title :   Evaluation of the Strong Vocational Interest Blank as a Screening Device for Nesep Applicants,

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL PERSONNEL AND TRAINING RESEARCH LAB SAN DIEGO CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Abrahams,Norman M. ; Neumann,Idell

Report Date : OCT 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : The Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP) provides qualified enlisted men with an opportunity to obtain a college degree while earning a commission as an officer in the naval service. In 1965, over 250 NESEP selectees completed Strong Vocational Interest Blanks (SVIBs). For the 166 who had received commissions by 1971, the SVIB mean scores of those officers who were either in or had requested restricted line or staff billets were compared with the mean scores of the unrestricted line group. These comparisons revealed that NESEP officers who request or are actually in restricted line or staff billets obtain significantly higher scores on the physical science scales. While the SVIB could thus be used for differentiating between these groups, its use in screening would require selection of applicants with relatively low science interest scores. Since this procedure could lead to a decrement in the academic performance of selectees and possibly lower the number and quality of NESEP graduates, further research would be necessary before operational use could be recommended. It is further recommended that consideration be given to expanding the concept of NESEP to include management science training. Several advantages for such a program are indicated. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*NAVAL PERSONNEL, SELECTION), (*PSYCHOMETRICS, NAVAL PERSONNEL), OFFICER PERSONNEL, EDUCATION, APTITUDE TESTS

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE