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The applicability of the Turkish Armed Forces̕ personality test battery to the selection of the Turkish Air Force Cadets

Koçarslan, Eylem
This study was conducted to estabilish the validity of the Turkish Armed Forces Personality Battery (TAFPB) in selecting Turkish Air Force Academy (TAFA) cadets. Before the data collection some items of TAFPB were made suitable for the TAFA cadets by SME̕s. Data were collected from first, second and third year students on TAFPB, 16 PF, psychomotor scores and objective and subjective performance measures. The data of 647 TAFA cadets were evaluated. The correlation matrixes, means and SD̕S of this study is found consistent with the TAFPB applications of Sumer et al. (2000) and Kale (2004) in military settings. TAFPB is face valid because of the common aims of TAFA and TAFPB, selecting ideal officer. TAFPB is content valid because all traits are determined by using job analysis and the relevance and importance of the traits are scored by SME̕s. Criterion-related validity was measured by analysing the correlations of TAFPB with objective (academic and sport score) and subjective (commander evaluation, flight, military score) performance. Correlations, and a series of regressions pointed out that TAFPB predicts significantly objective performance. TAFPB has incremental validity over 16 PF and BSI in explaining objective performance. The source and class variances were compared by ANOVA. Cadets from military source had significantly higher scores on 11 factors of TAFPB and on performance factors. Moreover they got significantly low scores on BSI. Military high school graduates seems more preferable by selecting cadets. To conclude, TAFPB is a valid test for TAFA.