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Back Utilizing Non-Cognitive Measures for Navy Selection and Classification

Fiscal Year 2017
Division Research & Sponsored Programs
Department Naval Research Program
Investigator(s) Pema, Elda
Sponsor NPS Naval Research Program (Navy)
Summary The Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System (TAPAS) is a non-cognitive assessment instrument designed to measure personality traits and temperament among U.S. Navy applicants. Prior research on TAPAS finds that several TAPAS scales are significant accession predictors. Prior research also indicates that TAPAS scores predict recruit attrition in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP), above and beyond schooling, AFQT scores, and demographics. Using TAPAS as an additional personnel selection tool may contribute to a more comprehensive assessment of individual recruits.
This study will examine the relationships between attrition behavior and TAPAS scores. This study will conduct a comprehensive review of TAPAS on: (1) attrition; (2) first term survival; (3) reenlistment; and (4) conduct waivers. In addition, the study will investigate the correlation between TAPAS and NCAPS scores, and compare the predictive power of these tests in order to guide policymakers toward a choice between the two instruments. Finally, the study will evaluate the relationship between TAPAS and performance. Specifically, the study will investigate the relationship between TAPAS dimensions and performance evaluations, final multiple scores, and advancement rates.
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