Performance of Navy service members erroneously enlisted as a result of the misnorming of ASVAB 6 and 7
Boyer, John F.
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In January 1976, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) was adopted as the single DoD test to determine qualification for enlistment and eligibility for assignment to military occupations. Subsequent to the implementation of the ASVAB, analyses of the test's norming (i.e. conversion of raw scores to percentiles) were conducted which revealed a norming error. As a consequence, a potentially large number of individuals had been enlisted into the Armed Forces who would otherwise have been ineligible for military service had the test been correctly calibrated. This study examines the performance of a sample of nonprior service males who, because of the misnorming of the ASVAB, were enlisted into the Navy. In terms of survival on active duty, completion of A-School, and attainment of paygrade E4 or higher, those individuals who were erroneously enlisted did not perform as well as those who would have been eligible regardless of the norming error.