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Relations of Personality Traits to Military Aviator Performance

Relations of Personality Traits to Military Aviator Performance 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). http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors American Psychological Association

Relations of Personality Traits to Military Aviator Performance

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 Hogrefe Publishing
ISSN
2192-0923
eISSN
2192-0931
DOI
10.1027/2192-0923/a000100
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Abstract

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).

Journal

Aviation Psychology and Applied Human FactorsAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Jan 1, 2016

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