Accession Number : AD0863979

Title :   Evaluation of Standards for Reenlistment.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Sharp, L. Harold ; Foley, Paul P. ; Katz, Aaron ; Sands, William A.

Report Date : JAN 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : The objective was to evaluate and, if possible, improve current standards for reenlistment in the Navy. Comparisons were made between unsatisfactory and satisfactory reenlistees on 17 predictors to determine which ones differentiated significantly between the two groups. Using the 9 more promising predictors thus identified and the optimally-weighted composite of these for predicting unsatisfactory/satisfactory performance in the population of reenlistees, the effects of using progressively higher cutting scores on each of these 10 predictors were determined when applied back to the population. The two predictors which differentiated best between unsatisfactory and satisfactory reenlistees are the same two on which recommended cutting scores are specified in the current reenlistment standards. Since the base rate of satisfactory reenlistees was found to be very high (93 percent) under current reenlistment standards, and assuming that losses incurred by such a disproportionate increase in the percentage of erroneous rejections exceed the savings effected by the accompanying small reductions in the percentage of erroneous acceptances, it appears that the Navy can ill afford to make its reenlistment standards more rigorous at the present time. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*NAVAL PERSONNEL, RECRUITING), (*RECRUITING, STANDARDS), COSTS, ACCEPTABILITY, MONEY, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), ADJUSTMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), SELECTION.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE