CFEC Project Report on the Alternative Crew Selection Method

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Authors
  1. Farrell, P.S.E.
  2. Hubbard, P.
  3. Culligan, I.
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Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The Canadian Forces Experimentation Centre (CFEC) investigated a novel crew selection method that could be used to staff new defence systems. The method involved matching existing job elements (task and knowledge statements) to predicted job elements generated from an Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) scenario. A Job Similarity Index (JSI) was developed that provided a number to represent the degree to which existing job elements matched predicted job elements for any given CF position or member. Theoretically, the JSI value could be used as a ‘first cut’ at selecting crewmembers for new equipment and procedures operated by the CF. The postulate is that a person in a CF position that has more existing job elements in common with the predicted job elements will perform better in the scenario than a person in a CF position with fewer Job elements in common. An experiment was designed and conducted to determine the relationship between JSI and performance. If performance is directly related to JSI then JSI can be used to discriminate between jobs, positions, or people. The main conclusion was that the null hypothesis – there is no relationship between JSI and performance – was not falsified. However, there are indications from the analysis that performance varies directly with JSI to some degree. The data seem to suggest that the participants had enough general skill and knowledge to perform the straightforward scenario tasks and successfully complete the mission. Further

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Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TM-2006-154 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Aug 2006
Number of Pages
78
DSTKIM No
CA027987
CANDIS No
525882
Format(s):
CD ROM

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