Accession Number : ADA303593

Title :   Differential Assignment Potential in the ASVAB: A Simulation of Job Performance Gains.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Aug 92-Jun 94,

Corporate Author : ARMSTRONG LAB BROOKS AFB TX HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s) : Alley, William E. ; Teachout, Mark S.

PDF Url : ADA303593

Report Date : JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : The classification potential of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) to improve military performance has been the subject of recent controversy. At issue is whether the ASVAB can be configured to provide differential classification value. A simulation study was conducted in which Air Force recruits (N=1250) from eight job specialties were 'reassigned' to optimize overall job performance based on their ASVAB test scores. Results from the optimal reassignment yielded average expected performance gains that were 1/2 of a standard deviation unit above that obtained in a random allocation. The performance gain over the current assignment baseline was 1/3 of a standard deviation unit. These gains were equivalent to those that would have been produced if recruits had been given an additional 14 months of technical experience. Implications for force planning were discussed. (AN)

Descriptors :   *MANPOWER UTILIZATION, *AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, ALGORITHMS, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, OPTIMIZATION, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), LINEAR PROGRAMMING, ENLISTED PERSONNEL, REGRESSION ANALYSIS, CLASSIFICATION, ALLOCATIONS, RECRUITS, STANDARD DEVIATION, JOB ANALYSIS, MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTIES, APTITUDE TESTS.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE