Accession Number : ADA017167

Title :   Assignment Location Preferences of Airmen.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Mar 74-30 Jun 75,


Personal Author(s) : Hazel,Joe T. ; Stacy,William J. ; Burtch,Lloyd D.

Report Date : OCT 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : To investigate assignment location preferences, a survey was administered to 4,670 airmen. Two preference ratings on an 18-point scale (-9 to +9) were obtained for each of 150 CONUS locations. One rating was obtained using base or station names. The other rating was based on an unnamed profile consisting of a 22 geographical-environmental variable description of each location. Findings were as follows: (1) Most preferred locations tended to be concentrated in Florida, California, and Colorado and least preferred locations in 'northern tier' states; (2) Variability in base preference ratings increased with an increase in level of desirability; (3) The relative order of preferences for 150 locations differed for various subgroups of airmen; (4) Base name and location description rating differences suggested airmen may have a low level of awareness of certain geographical-environmental characteristics for CONUS locations; and (5) Geographical environmental variable differences were found between the 30 most and least preferred locations for 14 of 22 variables (e.g., snowfall, temperature).

Descriptors :   *Job satisfaction, Site selection, Air Force personnel, Military facilities, Allocations, Geographical distribution, Human factors engineering, Ratings, Sociometrics, Enlisted personnel, Statistical analysis, United States, Air Force, Personnel management, Questionnaires, Decision making, Demography, Attitudes(Psychology), Motivation, Background

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE