ERIC Number: ED056094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Comparative Performance of Male and Female Enlistees on Air Force Selection Measures.
Vitola, Bart M.; Wilbourn, James M.
Male and female enlistee samples were compared for total groups and by enlistment region in terms of their performance on the Airman Qualifying Examination (AQE) and the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). Women in the Air Force (WAF) test-retest performance was evaluated on the Armed Forces Women's Selection Test (AFWST) which is used throughout the Department of Defense. WAF performance on the AFWST was compared with their performance on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT), the instument currently used to establish the mental ability level of males entering the military services. It was found that mean aptitude indexes have increased over time for both male and female enlistees on the AQE and the ASVAB. A positive relationship was demonstrated between level of education and aptitude index. Regional aptitude patterns for WAF did not conform to those traditionally found for male enlistees. A significant difference was found in WAF performance in a test-retest situation for both the AQE and the AFWST. WAF performance on the AFQT was somewhat lower than that of male enlistees, with the difference attributed primarily to the lower achievement by the WAF on the Mechanical Comprehension subtest. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Lackland AFB, TX.
Identifiers: Air Force; Airman Qualifying Examination; Armed Forces Qualification Test; Armed Forces Womens Selection Test; Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery