Accession Number : AD0613333

Title :   USAF OFFICER CAREER DECISIONS: PREDICTABILITY OF INITIAL CAREER INTENT,

Corporate Author : PERSONNEL RESEARCH LAB LACKLAND AFB TEX

Personal Author(s) : Ewing,Faye ; Alvord,Ray W.

Report Date : FEB 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : A survey sample of newly-commissioned officers drawn from all procurement sources completed a questionnaire concerned with personal data and attitudes toward and Air Force career. Responses were validated against the criterion item of stated career intent. A key developed on half of the sample was applied to the other half with a resulting correlation of .43 between the empirical score and statement of expressed career intent. Descriptions of career and noncareer officers emerged from response frequencies to the personal and biographical items. More of the noncareer entering officers are single, had a stable home life, were in the upper third of their class, attended private schools, and had a specialized college major; while more of the career officers are married, had a transient home life, began working early, attended state universities, and were in the middle third of their class. A previously derived 'Retainability Score' proved only moderately predictive of expressed career intentions. Sources with the most favorable career-noncareer ratios were the service academies and the now-defunct Officer Candidate School. These ratios determined at time of commissioning formed much the same pattern and were only slightly higher than actual retention ratios previously determined for other samples. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OFFICER PERSONNEL, DECISION MAKING), (*AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, DECISION MAKING), (*DECISION MAKING, OFFICER PERSONNEL), PROBABILITY, MOTIVATION, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), BACKGROUND, PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS, CORRELATION TECHNIQUES

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE