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The predictive validity of the selection battery used for junior leader training within the South African national defence force

Johannes Muller, Johann Schepers
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 29, No 3 | a119 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v29i3.119 | © 2003 Johannes Muller, Johann Schepers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 October 2003 | Published: 24 October 2003

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Johannes Muller, Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
Johann Schepers, Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa

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The principal objective of the study was to determine the predictive validity of the test battery used for the selection of junior leaders in the South African National Defence Force. A sample of 96 respondents completed certain indices of the SPEEX-Battery as well as the Advanced Ravens Progressive Matrices test. The test results were compared with the course results. Using canonical correlation analysis, a highly significant relationship was found between the independent variables and the dependent variables (r = 0,787; p is less than 0,00005). The predictors with the highest loadings were cognitive ability, conceptualisation, reading comprehension, listening potential, physical stress, and mental stress.

Die hoofdoelwit van die studie was om die voorspellingsgeldigheid van die toetsbattery vir keuring van junior leiers in die Suid Afrikaanse Nasionale Weermag te evalueer. ’n Steekproef van 96 respondente het sekere indekse van die SPEEX-Battery asook die Advanced Ravens Progressive Matrices toets voltooi. Die toetsresultate is vervolgens vergelyk met die kursusuitslae. Die veranderlikes is aan kanoniese korrelasie-ontleding onderwerp wat ’n betekenisvolle verwantskap opgelewer het tussen die onafhanklike veranderlikes en die afhanklike veranderlikes (r = 0,787; p is kleiner as 0,00005). Die voorspellers met die hoogste ladings was kognitiewe vermoë, konseptualisering, leesbegrip, luisterpotensiaal, fisieke stres en psigiese stres.


Selection battery; Junior leader training; National defence force; South Africa


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