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Author Sims, Carra S., author.

Title Strength testing in the Air Force : current processes and suggestions for improvements / Carra S. Sims, Chaitra M. Hardison, Maria C. Lytell, Abby Robyn, Eunice C. Wong, Erin N. Gerbec.

Publication Info. Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND Corporation, [2014]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe JSTOR Open Ebooks  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (xx, 112 pages) : illustrations.
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
text file PDF rda
Series Research report ; RR-471-AF
Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-471-AF.
Note "RAND Project Air Force."
"Prepared for the United States Air Force."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Note Print version record.
Contents Introduction -- Background and research on the Strength Aptitude Test -- Observations and interviews at the Military Entrance Processing Stations -- Strength requirements survey: sample and screener -- Survey results: actions and movement type -- Conclusions and recommendations -- Appendix A: AFSC codes and career field specialty names -- Appendix B: Additional details on the process currently used to establish SAT cut scores -- Appendix C: LNCO and recruit interview questions -- Appendix D: Tabular overview of survey -- Appendix E: Responses to open-ended survey questions -- Appendix F: Population and sample characteristics for strength requirements survey.
Summary Since 1987, the Air Force has used the Strength Aptitude Test (SAT), a test of physical strength that uses the incremental lift machine, to screen and classify enlisted personnel into career specialties. In this study RAND evaluated the usefulness, validity, and fairness of the SAT--something not done for more than two decades. RAND's research focused on two areas. The first area was implementation of the SAT at military entrance processing stations. The researchers observed that SAT administration, while fairly consistent, could be improved: SAT machines need to be inventoried on a regular basis to identify and repair damage; a standardized training procedure is needed for all test administrators; and recruits need to be fully informed prior to taking the test as to its purpose and the value of preparation. The second area was the process for setting strength requirements for career fields. The researchers concluded that the method of collecting physical requirements information might be deficient because it involves only limited input. As an alternative, they developed and tested an online survey tool for defining strength requirements. The survey asked respondents in eight Air Force Specialties to describe aspects of the job's physical requirements that are vital for defining strength requirements. Analysis of the data collected validates the potential effectiveness of the survey, and the researchers suggest it can be used in conjunction with the Air Force's existing occupational analysis survey. Further, they recommend the Air Force establish a new method for calculating SAT scores.
Subject United States. Air Force -- Physical training.
United States. Air Force -- Personnel management.
United States. Air Force. (OCoLC)fst00538280
Physical fitness -- Measurement.
Physical fitness -- Evaluation.
HISTORY -- Military -- Aviation.
Armed Forces -- Personnel management. (OCoLC)fst00814620
Armed Forces -- Physical training. (OCoLC)fst01351850
Physical fitness -- Measurement. (OCoLC)fst01062584
Military & Naval Science.
Law, Politics & Government.
Air Forces.
Indexed Term Strength Aptitude Test
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Hardison, Chaitra M., author.
Lytell, Maria C., 1979- author.
Robyn, Abby Eisenshtat, 1943- author.
Wong, Eunice C., author.
Rand Corporation, issuing body.
Project Air Force (U.S.)
United States. Air Force.
Other Form: Print version: Sims, Carra S. Strength testing in the Air Force 9780833084354 (DLC) 2014040609 (OCoLC)892804172
ISBN 9780833089953 (electronic bk.)
0833089951 (electronic bk.)
Report No. RAND/RR-471-AF
Standard No. AU@ 000060835556
GBVCP 1008663743

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