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Friday, May 29 2020

The Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System

The Drasgow Consulting Group ( created the Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System (TAPAS) for use by the U.S. Army to measure personality dimensions that could predict motivational outcomes such as job effort, physical fitness, and drive to perform at a high standard among military applicants in order to improve selection of new recruits and increase personnel management flexibility. The US Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) is leading the effort in implementing and monitoring TAPAS.

Major Accomplishments
  • Accession Medical Standards Analysis & Research Activity (AMSARA) is working with ARI in assessing the relationship between TAPAS dimensions and medical outcomes, including new-onset mental health disorders and musculoskeletal injuries. AMSARA started working in this area when it evaluated the TAPAS predecessor, the Assessment of Individual Motivation (AIM), and reported that those with lower AIM scores were more likely to develop a mental health disorder and to attrit (Gubata, 2012).
  • Since then, AMSARA has analyzed TAPAS data for Army accessions from 2010, and has reported that the Physical Conditioning dimension is significantly associated with new-onset mental health disorder, attrition, and musculoskeletal injury (Niebuhr, 2013, Oetting, 2016).
  • Starting in July 2016 AMSARA has received TAPAS data on over 500,000 Army applicants from 2011 through 2015. Analysis will continue until 2019.

Last Modified Date: 27-Nov-2018

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