Prospects for use of non cognitive tests in selection of U.S. Marine Corps officer candidates
Barrett, Roscoe L.
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Pre-entry screening of applicants for the Marine Corps Officer Candidates Program consists of interviews, intelligence testing, medical examination, review of academic records, and consideration of third person character recommendations. Post- entry screening is conducted at the Officer Candidate School, Quantico, Va. , and evaluates leadership potential through assessment of academic capability, physical fitness, adaptability, motivation and demonstration of leadership traits. Attrition from all causes at OCS generally varies from 20-30 per cent. In this study, the California F = Scale was administered to 100 Marine Corps second lieutenants at The (Officers) Basic School, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Va. , to establish a control mean and standard deviation, and to a group of officer candidates before beginning the screening course. The purpose was to determine if a personality type test could be useful in the pre-entry screening out of potentially unsuccessful candidates. Based on analysis of the F-Scale and Subscale results and assigned grades and ratings of officer candidate subjects after five weeks of screening, non- cognitive testing would assist in the selection of Marine Corps Officer Candidates.
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