An analysis of the department of the Army photograph and the impact on Army promotion board scores

M. Nicholas Coppola, Urvashi B. Patel

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the contribution of the Department of the Army Photograph (DA Photo) to Army promotion and selection boards. One hundred and eighty-four officers, representing 7 different geographical locations, were placed in blind test groups to discern the effect of a "good" and "bad" DA Photo in a mock military promotion board. The significant finding was that a DA Photo judged to be good by a panel of Army Personnel Command Officers did not predict an increase or decrease in a promotion board score; however, a DA Photo judged to be bad by the same panel of officers can be a predictor of a decrease in overall promotion board score.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-162
Number of pages10
JournalMilitary Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 8 2003
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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