Accession Number : ADA119101

Title :   U.S. Air Force Junior Officers: Changing Professional Identity and Commitment.

Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Wood,Frank Ray

PDF Url : ADA119101

Report Date : Jun 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 235

Abstract : Evidence presented in this research suggests civilianization of junior officers in the Air Force has progressed beyond heterogenity in the convergence with society--that all segments including the combat components ae converging with civilian counterparts. This represents a fundamental change in the orientation of military officers. The qualitative data reported in this study comes from an in-depth analysis of over 250 hours of interviews with 83 Air Force junior officers and 43 of their spouses. The quantitative data includes questionnaire items accomplished by each interview. Evidence reported in this study suggests the social world of the Air Force junior officer has lost the articulation characteristic of earlier times. Strong macro level social forces have caused the adoption of corporate rather than professional modes of operation. Prestige structures within the air Force reflect this change as management skills replace combat flying as the characteristic function. The result is a civilianization of junior officer identities and extensive use of civilian counterparts as reference groups. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Air Force personnel, *Officer personnel, *Careers, *Personnel retention, Attrition, Specialists, Job satisfaction, Salaries, Societies, Human relations, Civilian personnel, Identities, Attitudes(Psychology), Perception(Psychology), Management, Skills, Motivation, Decision making, Interviewing, Questionnaires, Theses

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE