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The impact of soldier quality on performance in the Army

Author: David K Horne; U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Publisher: Alexandria, Va. : U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, [1986]
Series: Technical report (U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences), 708.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Army has been successful in improving its manpower quality over the last several years. Recruits are scoring higher on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) and are more likely to have high school diplomas than in any year since the inception of the All-Volunteer Force. Recruiting such personnel is expensive, however, as the Army faces increased competition from the civilian labor market, educational  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Horne, David K.
Impact of soldier quality on performance in the Army
(OCoLC)784660605
Microfiche version:
Horne, David K.
Impact of soldier quality on performance in the Army
(OCoLC)15465249
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David K Horne; U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.
OCLC Number: 15191667
Notes: Distributed to depository libraries in microfiche.
"April 1986."
Description: ix, 22 pages ; 28 cm.
Series Title: Technical report (U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences), 708.
Responsibility: David K. Horne.

Abstract:

The Army has been successful in improving its manpower quality over the last several years. Recruits are scoring higher on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) and are more likely to have high school diplomas than in any year since the inception of the All-Volunteer Force. Recruiting such personnel is expensive, however, as the Army faces increased competition from the civilian labor market, educational institutions, and the other services for a shrinking youth population. In order to justify its manpower quality requirements, the Army must be able to demonstrate an empirical link between AFQT scores and soldier performance. This study presents evidence on that relationship using data from several sources. The first data from several sources. The first data set contains written and hands-on tests on several weapons systems from the Army's training schools. The second data set utilizes the Skill Qualification Tests administered by the Army. The results demonstrate that a statistically significant and positive relationship exists between AFQT scores and performance measures. These findings are consistent across a wide range of Military Occupational Specialties.

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