Accession Number : ADA306728

Title :   Air Force Recruiting: Considerations for Increasing the Proportion of Black and Hispanic Persons in the Enlisted Force.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL AIRPOWER RESEARCH INST

Personal Author(s) : Pellum, Martin W.

PDF Url : ADA306728

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : A significant reduction in the size of the United States military services began in the late 198Os and picked up speed with the end of the cold war. The Air Force enlisted only about half the number of persons in 1993 as it did in 1986. Nevertheless, it remains one of the country's major employers, providing training, education, and career opportunities for a wide range of America's youth, including persons who may have limited employment prospects elsewhere. As the force gets smaller and the demographic makeup of the country changes, senior leaders want to ensure that the Air Force continue to provide opportunities to a 'cross section of America.' Recruiting the right people is the mechanism that will make this happen. This paper explores several of the issues personnel policy makers need to consider in order to 'recruit people to effectively lead and mentor a more diverse future Air Force.' It is structured with recruiting's three major purposes in mind: (1) Increase the pool of job applicants at minimum cost. (2) Increase the success rate of the selection process by reducing the number of applicants who are either poorly qualified or have the wrong skills. (3) Meet the organization's legal and social obligations regarding the demographic composition of its workforce.

Descriptors :   *RECRUITING, *DEMOGRAPHY, *AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, *HISPANICS, *AFRICAN AMERICANS, POLITICAL SCIENCE, DECISION MAKING, STRATEGY, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, EDUCATION, JOB TRAINING, MILITARY STANDARDS, ENLISTED PERSONNEL, MINORITIES, QUALIFICATIONS, ETHNIC GROUPS, MILITARY TRAINING, PERSONNEL SELECTION, PERSONNEL DEVELOPMENT, MILITARY BUDGETS, PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), AIR FORCE PLANNING, SOCIOLOGY, FACTOR ANALYSIS, YOUTH, EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY, RACE RELATIONS.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE