Project A was the name applied by the U.S. Army to its contribution to the Joint-Service Job Performance Measurement/Enlistment Standards (JPM) project, sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) in 1982. Lasting until 1989, Project A, which also comprises the follow-on Career Force project (examining performance during soldiers’ second tours of duty and spanning 1990 through 1994), is arguably the largest selection and classification project ever conducted, involving more than 50,000 enlisted personnel in global data collections before the widespread use of computers and similar technology. Results from Project A continue to shape the way the Army selects, assigns, trains, and promotes its soldiers. Project A data remain a rich storehouse of information about individual differences and job performance. Project results and data have also ...

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