- Oxford Library of Psychology
- The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editors
- The Handbook of Military Psychology: An Introduction
- Comprehensive Soldier Fitness: Why? And Why Now?
- Combat-Related Stress Reactions Among U.S. Veterans of Wartime Service
- Physical Injuries; Psychological Treatment
- Operational Psychology: Foundation, Applications, and Issues
- Ethics, Human Rights, and Interrogations: The Position of the American Psychological Association
- In Search of Psychological Explanations of Terrorism
- Crime on the Battlefield: Military Fate or Individual Choice?
- What Do Commanders Really Want to Know?: U.S. Army Human Terrain System Lessons Learned from Iraq and Afghanistan
- An International Perspective on Military Psychology
- Military Selection and Classification in the United States
- Assessing Psychological Suitability for High-Risk Military Jobs
- Leadership in Dangerous Contexts: A Team-Focused, Replenishment-of-Resources Approach
- Swift Trust in Ad Hoc Military Organizations: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives
- Leader Development in a Natural Context
- Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Factors in Soldier Performance
- Characteristics of Sense-Making in Combat
- Military Engineering Psychology: Setting the Pace for Exceptional Performance
- Psychology’s Contribution to Military Training
- The Role of Sleep in the Military: Implications for Training and Operational Effectiveness
- Teams in the Military: A Review and Emerging Challenges
- Boredom: Groundhog Day as Metaphor for Iraq
- Minorities in the Military
- Gay Service Personnel in the U.S. Military: History, Progress, and a Way Forward
- Military Families in an Era of Persistent Conflict
- What They Deserve: Quality of Life in the U.S. Military
- Military Psychology: Closing Observations and a Look Forward
Abstract and Keywords
High-risk military operational personnel engage in physically and psychologically demanding missions under conditions of extreme threat (including combat) in which the consequences of performance failure can be severe or even catastrophic. These personnel typically undergo stringent psychological assessment and selection procedures in order to determine their psychological suitability for specialized, high-risk military assignments. Such assessment requires a thorough evaluation of an individual’s psychological and emotional health risks, training potential, job performance potential, and risk for personal misconduct and counterproductive work behaviors. Many military operational selection programs in the United States utilize the assessment center method for this purpose, whose rich heritage extends back to World War II. In this chapter, we discuss the constructs assessed and methods typically used in the assessment of high-risk military personnel, with emphasis on the psychological interview for the assessment of psychological suitability.
James J. Picano, U.S. Army Reserve
Robert R. Roland, U.S. Army, Retired
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