Viewpoints, outlooks and related personality data

A Wellesley made this Official Information request to New Zealand Defence Force

The request was refused by New Zealand Defence Force.

From: A Wellesley

Good morning team,

As background to this request, an American friend has told me that there is a large number of Trump supporters in the US army. He is of the view that it is likely to be the same. I hold the NZDF in high regard and thus find this highly unlikely. To allay any concerns, I would appreciate some information.
I understand that it is unlikely that you will have gathered data of personnel views on the orange maniac per se (if I am wrong about that I would appreciate that info).
So instead I am approaching this by seeking data regarding psychological aspects that are typically indicative of a tendency towards trump supporting and similar anti-social behaviour.

I have been out of the services for many years but back in my day they were quite big on psychological testing (although I admit that much of it was very methodologically flawed.. and for some reason I had to do way more of it than anyone else).
If such testing is still "a thing" I am hoping to get aggregated data from 2015 onwards. In particular, I am looking for the prevalence of psychological characteristics that incline the subject towards:
-Gross over estimation of their own intelligence, ability and likability
-Psychological recreation of sensory information, such as altered recollection of what is visually perceived (for example, a person who sees 100 people at a gathering but rearranges the memory to see 10,000)
-Hyper aggression
-Inability to see any flaw or failing on their own part
-Tendency to objectify, demean and otherwise seek to mistreat women
-Irrational obsession with physical characteristics, such as the size of ones hands
-Inability to experience empathy for others
-Dislike of dogs
-Compulsive lying and compulsive lying about lying

Thank you for your time and assistance. This information will not only allow me to satisfy myself that the NZDF is still a fine institution, but will also help me to dispel the erroneous presumptions of others.

Kura Takahe Puni

A Wellesley

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Please find attached a response to your request.





Corporate and Ministerial Services

OCDF, Office of Chief of Defence Force
New Zealand Defence Force



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From: A Wellesley

Dear Ministerial Services,

Thank you Commodore. Things have clearly changed over the last two decades or so. The psych testing we underwent back in my day was far more comprehensive than what you describe. It appears from your response that NZDF have adopted the civilian psychometric model. Got to say, its a poor choice. The testing we underwent was methodologically flawed to say the least. But at least it was not as limited as the civi psychometric styling. I guess this is what happens when you are forced to get an HR department. But the world changes and not always for the best.

If we had used the civi psychometric model to test the suitability of our potential soldiers back in the day, we would not have had the right troops that we needed to hand old Mr Bonaparte his posterior at Waterloo.

Thank you for your time and efforts, it is sincerely appreciated. Despite my leaning towards a humorous styling, the query was actually entirely serious and I was hoping for comprehensive data to examine. But you only have the data that you have.

Yours sincerely,

A Wellesley

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The refusal of the request is not a negative reflection on the NZDF or its transparency. It was refused as they did not have the data requested.

They have my thanks for their time and efforts.

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