Recruit Aptitudes and Army Job Performance

Recruit Aptitudes and Army Job Performance

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Presents findings from a study of the relationship between observable characteristics of military enlistees and their subsequent job performance, and the use of those relationships in a model for setting enlistment standards. Two performance measures are examined: retention (what portion of the initial enlistment tour is completed), and job proficiency. Recruit aptitudes are important predictors of success on the Army's Skill Qualification Test for infantrymen, and on earlier experimental hands-on tests for four other Army jobs. The performance results are combined with recent data on Army recruiting, training, and force-maintenance costs in a cost-performance trade-off model. The model yields an optimal enlistment standard for the Infantryman speciality that is close to that adopted in fiscal year 1981, and a quality mix for entering recruits about the same as the mix mandated by Congress. Adopting optimal standards Army-wide could cost $100 to $200 million. (Author).In general, components are first charged with dry air and tested for gross leaks in a water bath. ... Units that do not function properly are reworked and their R-12 charge is released to the atmosphere. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) has summarized R-12 in- plant losses for refrigerators, ... If we assume a fixed charge rate of 30 percent, and assume that annual operating costs are negligible in comparison, the yearly cost of recovery would be $30, 000.

Title:Recruit Aptitudes and Army Job Performance
Author: David J. Armor
Publisher:Rand Corporation - 1983

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