The Army needs to establish a NCO research program that will undertake and help the U.S. Army plan for the impact of future demands on the noncommissioned officer (NCO) corps. The performance requirements and associated knowledges, skills, and aptitudes (KSAs) expected of future successful NCOs were used as a basis for developing tools that could be incorporated into an NCO performance management system geared to 21st-century job demands.
The predictor measures include the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), Assessment of Individual Motivation (AIM), and Biographical Information Questionnaire (BIQ), which are already used in the Army for other purposes. A written Situational Judgment Test (SJT), the Experience and Activities Record (ExAct), Personnel File Form (PFF21), and a semi-structured interview were developed for this project. Two types of rating scale instruments were developed for gathering criterion data against which to validate (evaluate) the predictor measures. The Observed Performance Rating Scales ask supervisors to rate soldiers on how well they perform in their current jobs. The Expected Future Performance Rating Scales ask supervisors to predict how their soldiers would perform in specific sets of conditions expected to be characteristic of future Army requirements.
The goal of the Selection and Assignment Research Unit of the United States Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) is to conduct research, studies, and analysis on the measurement of aptitudes and performance of individuals to improve the Army’s selection and classification, promotion, and reassignment of officers and enlisted soldiers. The research described in this report provides the foundation for recommending improvements to promotion and development procedures for enlisted personnel.
NCO Research Overview
* Diverse missions and frequent deployments – Soldiers will be expected to deploy more frequently, deploy more quickly,...