Accession Number : ADA321771

Title :   The Effects of Lower Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Mechanical Score Requirements on the Number of Applicants Eligible for Training in Maintenance Occupations and the Percentage of Training Failures.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Van Scotter, James R.

PDF Url : ADA321771

Report Date : JAN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 40

Abstract : This study investigated the impact of lowering the minimum Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Mechanical composite (MECH) scores required for recruits to enter maintenance career fields. The sample included (N=48,009) Air Force technical school trainees who attended school between 1990 and 1995. A contingency table showing the relationship between predictor scores and success/failure in technical school and logistic regression analyses suggested that required scores should be raised for five Air Force Specialties (AFSs) and should remain at the present level for four others. No linear relationship was apparent between test scores and technical school grades or pass/fail criteria for two AFSs. Results provided little evidence that reducing minimum MECH score requirements slightly will increase the rate of technical school failures. The need to collect technical school grades for unsuccessful trainees was identified.

Descriptors :   *MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL, *APTITUDE TESTS, MAINTENANCE, MECHANICAL PROPERTIES, JOBS, EMERGENCIES, SCHOOLS, PREDICTIONS, PERFORMANCE TESTS, REGRESSION ANALYSIS, CAREERS, LINEARITY, LOGISTICS, TABLES(DATA), TRAINEES, RECRUITS, SCORING.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE