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ERIC Number: ED178605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Premature Attrition of Navy Female Enlistees.
Wilcove, Gerry L.; And Others
Two concerns led to the development of the screening test which is described: (1) the present 28% rate of attrition of Navy female first enlistees is too high; and (2) attrition is expected to increase when a high school diploma is no longer required for women to enter the Navy. Thus, a screening instrument was needed which could be used currently, as well as after the selection requirements are changed. A total of 977 female recruits were administered one of two exploratory 120-item questionnaires designed to measure eight areas: personal history/demography; female role perception; mental health; motivation to fail; realistic expectation of Navy; enlistment motivation; similarity to previous successful recruits; and occupational needs. Eighteen months later, it was found that 204 females out of the sample were dropouts and 773 were survivors. A number of analyses were performed to determine which items best discriminated between dropouts and survivors, using a cross-validation sample. It was concluded that the items measuring mental health, occupational need, enlistment motivation, and personal history are the best predictors; and that futher revisions of this test should be used in conjunction with the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). (GDC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Navy
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Military Testing Association (20th, Oklahoma City, OK, October 30-November 3, 1978)