ERIC Number: ED079569
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
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Development and Validation of Scores to Predict Officer Career Status.
This study was designed to determine the predictability of an officer's career decision and to evaluate relationships between career intent, various demographic, environmental and attitudinal factors, and career status. Survey data were collected from individuals before they entered active duty, and annually, through five years of active military service. The scores designed to predict career status were determined from each individual's yearly survey responses. Generally, the relationship between career status and the scores based on responses prior to commissioning were quite low; however, there was a definite increase in prediction after the subjects experienced active duty. The largest increase in predictability occurred during the first two years of active duty. This seems to indicate a plateau in the subject's attitude toward the military career. Offer of Air Force opportunities such as education, training, and Regular commissions might be more effective at this point than at the time of commissioning. In addition, from an economical standpoint, the Air Force might realize considerable savings in training costs by sending those junior officers most likely to remain on active duty to the more expensive educational and training programs. The Career Intent Score was the measurement device most predictive of future career status, although correlations were only moderate. (Author/DB)
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Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Lackland AFB, TX. Personnel Research Div.