Accession Number : ADA019560

Title :   Ratings of First-Term Airmen on Supervisory Potential and Technical Competence in AFSCs 462X0 and 812X0.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Jul 73-Jun 74,


Personal Author(s) : Wiley,Llewellyn N.

Report Date : OCT 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : A study was undertaken to determine if supervisors can rate the potential of first-term airmen to become supervisors. Rates were 313 Weapons Mechanics, AFSCs 462X0 and 461X0, and 421 Law Enforcement Specialists, AFSCs 812X0 and 811X0, who were rated on 3 criteria and 30 job behavioral traits by their supervisors in CONUS. The criteria of (1) supervisory potential, (2) technical competence, and (3) desirability as a reenlistee were predicted from their correlation with the 30 trait ratings by linear regression techniques. The aim was to see if the Weapons Mechanic and Law Enforcement specialties differed in their supervisory trait requirements, and if supervisory potential is distinguishable from technical competence. The first two criteria correlated .89 with each other, while the criterion of desirability as a reenlistee had to be discarded because it was not uniformly interpreted by the raters. Both technical competence and supervisory potential were highly predictable from trait ratings, 86 and 84%, respectively. However, through direct examination of the data and the supervisors' comments, it was concluded that the supervisory requirements of the two specialties actually differ, and that technical competence is an element of supervisory potential, a necessary but not sufficient attribute of a future supervisor. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Personnel selection, *Supervisors, *Ratings, Trainees, Air Force personnel, Acceptability, Predictions, Performance(Human), Military requirements, Technicians, Specialists, Security personnel, Enlisted personnel, Behavior, Assessment, Leadership, Correlation techniques

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE