ERIC Number: ED214976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Profile of American Youth: 1980 Nationwide Administration of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery.
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (DOD), Washington, DC.
The Profile of American Youth study, sponsored by the Department of Defense and the Military Services, in cooperation with the Department of Labor, is documented in this report. The principal objectives of the research project were to assess the vocational aptitudes of a nationally representative sample of youth 18 through 23 years of age and to develop current national norms for the Department of Defense enlistment test, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). The Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) was used as an index for comparing the test performance of civilian and military groups. Comparisons are between the 1980 youth group and the World War II reference population, military accessions, and subgroups within the youth population on the basis of age, sex, race, education level, socioeconomic status, and geographic region. The results of this study will be useful in addressing the issue of the compatibility between complex and demanding military weapon systems and personnel capabilities. That is, if a national emergency necessitates the reintroduction of conscription, military policymakers must be able to establish entrance standards and induction quotas that are compatible with manpower resources. To plan for possible mobilization, the Department of Defense must be able to relate attributes, abilities, and other characteristics of the national youth population to requirements for military manpower. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (DOD), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Armed Forces Qualification Test; Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
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