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Predicting the Peacetime Performance of Military Officers: Officer Selection in the Papua New Guinea Defence Force

  • Louis P. Bau (a1) and Murray J. Dyck (a2)

Abstract

This article reports an evaluation of the officer selection procedures of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force based on the performance of 195 officers. Results indicate that a linear combination of selection variables, including psychometric measures, academic achievement, interview impressions, and hands-on performance tests, was not predictably related to the criterion measure of officer performance. Post-hoc validation checks suggest that only one of the psychometric tests used in selection meets basic construct validation criteria and that the criterion measure of officer performance is unreliable. No evidence was found to support the predictive validity of selection procedures.

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Psychology Corps, Papua New Guinea Defence Force, Murray Barracks, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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