Accession Number : ADA312970

Title :   A History of the Role of Traditional Education for the United States Air Force Line Officer Corps, 1947-1995.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis, 31 Jul 95-7 Jun 96,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Boston, James L.

PDF Url : ADA312970

Report Date : 07 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 137

Abstract : This study examined the historical role of traditional education, defined as education which results in the awarding of a degree, for line officers in the U.S. Air Force (USAF). The research question asked was: For the line officer corps, how has education in the USAF emphasized the need for an academic degree? A literature review focused on the programs of Air University, the USAF education command. Other pertinent areas examined included Air Force Institute of Technology, the United States Air Force Academy, Air Training Command, and basic doctrine. Two hypotheses were proposed: the evolution of the command architecture has emphasized the need for academic degrees, and the evolution of doctrine and policy has emphasized the need for academic degrees. Selected findings were that the first hypothesis was partially supported and the second hypothesis was supported. The USAF succeeded in establishing a culture which prized the individual effort required to obtain a degree education on one's own time. After the conditions which spawned that culture changed, after every officer had an undergraduate degree, the culture persisted in prizing the effort. An advanced degree was a tangible symbol of an officer's dedication to the ideals of USAF professionalism.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *EDUCATION, *AIR FORCE TRAINING, *OFFICER PERSONNEL, POLICIES, AIR FORCE RESEARCH, MILITARY DOCTRINE, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), CAREERS, QUALITY, UNIVERSITIES, HYPOTHESES, PERSONNEL RETENTION, CULTURE.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE