ERIC Number: ED056272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
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Army 'New Standards' Personnel: Effect of Remedial Literacy Training on Performance in Military Service.
Fisher, Allan H., Jr.; Brown, George H.
In 1966, the Department of Defense lowered entrance standards for military service. Many of the 'New Standards' men who then entered the service were placed in remedial training programs (Army Preparatory training, APT), designed to upgrade their literacy status to a fifth-grade level or higher. The research sought to determine whether success in remedial literacy training was associated with superior military performance. Another objective was to develop an equation for predicting terminal literacy scores. Analysis for 9,000 Army personnel was carried out on data extracted from the computerized Project 100,000 data file. Men who were successful and unsuccessful, respectively, in literacy training did not differ greatly in most performance indices. Successful trainees were slightly more likely to achieve higher pay grades and to be judged eligible for reenlistment. A multiple regression equation was developed for predicting success in the literacy training course. This analysis, using a randomly selected half of the group, yielded a multiple correlation of +.52; cross-validation with the remaining half of the group produced a correlation of +.50. (Author)
Descriptors: Enlisted Personnel, Literacy Education, Low Ability Students, Military Training, Multiple Regression Analysis, Performance Factors, Predictive Validity, Remedial Programs, Research, Task Performance
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22151 (AD-727 765, MF $.95, HC $3.00)
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Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.