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Evaluating the tailored adaptive personality assessment system on delayed entry program attrition

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Authors
Turpin, Adam R.
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Navy
Delayed Entry Program
DEP
Attrition
Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System
TAPAS
Non-cognitive
Recruit Testing
Enlisted
Recruit
Personnel Selection
Screening
Advisors
Pema, Elda
Tick, Simona
Date of Issue
2014-03
Date
Mar-14
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Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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The Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System (TAPAS) was a test administered from March 2011 to March 2013 by the U.S. Navy to assess the non-cognitive skills of potential recruits. The TAPAS test aims to assess various aspects of recruit behavior that are not captured by typical screening tests, such as schooling and the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) along with other observable characteristics measured at entry. This thesis estimates whether the TAPAS scores predict recruit attrition in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP), while controlling for schooling, AFQT scores, and demographics. Indeed, the analysis finds that several TAPAS facets are significant predictors of attrition behavior. In particular, dominance, intellectual efficiency, order, adventure seeking, commitment to serve, and situational awareness are significant predictors of DEP attrition. Additionally, conduct waivers proved to be significant predictors of DEP attrition, with alcohol and drug waivers having the largest effects.
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Graduate School of Business & Public Policy (GSBPP)
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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