Most research on cognitive and personalitycharacteristics needed for effective military aircrew has focused on identifyingmeasures that predict initial training outcomes (Carretta & Ree, 2003). While many of the samecognitive aptitudes predictive of military pilot training outcomes are likely toalso predict on-the-job technical performance, the strict technical focus oftraining may make it difficult to fully evaluate the relations of personality tobroader job performance criteria. This study evaluated the extent to whichpre-accession personality measures were predictive of the stratification (i.e.,ranking based on job performance) of early-career US Air Force aviators onOfficer Performance Reports in assignments after initial training. Supervisorand senior rater stratifications of aviators on overall job performance weresignificantly related to pre-accession personality scores. For both pilots andnavigators whose job performance was ranked, higher levels of Extraversion andAgreeableness were associated with more favorable supervisory performancerankings (uncorrected rvalues = .20–.28).
Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors – American Psychological Association
Published: Jan 1, 2016