Accession Number : ADA140961

Title :   Recruit Aptitudes and Army Job Performance. Setting Enlistment Standards for Infantrymen.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Armor,D J ; Fernandez,R L ; Bers,K ; Schwarzbach,D

PDF Url : ADA140961

Report Date : Sep 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : Presents findings from a study of the relationship between observable characteristics of military enlistees and their subsequent job performance, and the use of those relationships in a model for setting enlistment standards. Two performance measures are examined: retention (what portion of the initial enlistment tour is completed), and job proficiency. Recruit aptitudes are important predictors of success on the Army's Skill Qualification Test for infantrymen, and on earlier experimental hands-on tests for four other Army jobs. The performance results are combined with recent data on Army recruiting, training, and force-maintenance costs in a cost-performance trade-off model. The model yields an optimal enlistment standard for the Infantryman speciality that is close to that adopted in fiscal year 1981, and a quality mix for entering recruits about the same as the mix mandated by Congress. Adopting optimal standards Army-wide could cost $100 to $200 million. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Recruits, *Aptitudes, *Recruiting, Enlisted personnel, Army personnel, Army, Jobs, Performance(Human), Models, Yield, Predictions, Standards, Optimization

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE