posted on Feb, 11 2004 @ 10:47 AM
"U.S. Army embraces IQ testing
The greatest spurt in American IQ testing came in 1917, when America entered World War I. Binet's original tests were designed to be administered to
children on an individual basis, but the U.S. Army was faced with the dilemma of sorting huge numbers of draftees into various Army positions. To
solve this problem, the Army put together a committee of seven leading psychologists to devise a mass intelligence test. The chairman of this
committee was Robert Yerkes, who later admitted he was chosen simply because he was president of the American Psychological Association that year.
Luckily, one of the seven selected psychologists, Lewis Terman (coiner of the term intelligence quotient), had a pupil named Arthur Otis, who had
already begun constructed a group intelligence test when the Army decided it needed one. By and large, the committee adopted the material Otis had
already prepared, and in six weeks the tests were ready for the printers. A few weeks after that there was a trial run with four thousand men. Less
than two years later, by the beginning of 1919, nearly two million American men had taken the Army intelligence tests.
The Army scores were not expressed using the intelligence quotient, but instead by simply awarding points for correct answers. On the basis of these
points, men were divided into one of five classes, ranked from A to E."
(Taken from - History of IQ)
Perhaps they do not use it for kicking members out, but rather to sort them instead, as this history on the IQ tells of.
It does not seem a very imaginative thing, especially since I never even thought it up myself. Considering aliens, and all the other things people
talk about here.