Accession Number : ADA550828


Title :   NEO Personality Inventory-Revised Normative Data that Distinguish U.S. Air Force AC-130 Gunship Sensor Operators from Enlisted Airmen Who Fail Training and Peers in the General Population


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 2009-May 2011


Corporate Author : SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE WRIGHT PATTERSON AFB OH AEROSPACE MEDICINE DEPT/ AEROSPACE MEDICINE CONSULTATION DIV


Personal Author(s) : Chappelle, Wayne L ; McDonald, Kent ; Teachout, Mark S ; Salinas, Amber


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA550828


Report Date : Aug 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 31


Abstract : United States Air Force (USAF) AC-130 gunship sensor operators (SOs) represent a unique group of enlisted airmen in a high-demand, high-risk position where they have a central role in reconnaissance, surveillance, and aerial precision-strike operations in combat. Although there is research on the influence and role of personality traits regarding USAF pilots and other high-demand, high-risk aviation-related military positions, there has been much less focus on the personality traits of AC-130 gunship SOs. To fill the gap in the literature, the NEO Personality Inventory-Revised (NEO PI-R) was administered to enlisted airmen who had successfully passed training (n = 59) as well as failed training (n = 20) in an effort to (a) assess how the personality traits of such a specialized group of enlisted airmen (SO incumbents) differ from the civilian general population, (b) assess how key personality traits (e.g., neuroticism, extraversion, openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness) for incumbents differ from enlisted airmen who failed training, (c) develop occupationally specific normative data and distribution of personality scores for use in aeromedical clinical psychological evaluations, and (d) illustrate the value of using occupationally specific normative data and cutoff values regarding personality test scores to improve the selection of future candidates who have a greater probability of success in training. Results assist military and civilian clinical psychologists with the interpretation of NEO PI-R psychological test scores for SO applicants and incumbents and inform decision makers on personality traits that may be useful in the selection process for this career field.


Descriptors :   *ENLISTED PERSONNEL , *GUNSHIPS , *INVENTORY ANALYSIS , *PERSONALITY TESTS , *PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS , AIR FORCE PERSONNEL , AIRBORNE , CAREERS , CIVILIAN POPULATION , CLINICAL MEDICINE , DECISION MAKING , DETECTORS , DISTRIBUTION , DOCUMENTS , OPERATORS(PERSONNEL) , PERFORMANCE TESTS , PERSONALITY , PILOTS , POPULATION , POSITION(LOCATION) , PROBABILITY , PSYCHOLOGISTS , RECONNAISSANCE , RISK , SCORING , SELECTION , SURVEILLANCE , TEST AND EVALUATION , TRAINING , UNITED STATES


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Computer Programming and Software


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE