Accession Number : ADP001315

Title :   The Effects of Job Satisfaction on Air Force Enlistee Retention,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB BROOKS AFB TX

Personal Author(s) : Finstuen,Kenn ; Weaver,Charles N.

Report Date : 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : The purpose of this research was to assess the concurrent and predictive validity of occupational attitudes, as measured by the Air Force Occupational Attitude Inventory (OAI), in relation to global job satisfaction, reenlistment intent, and actual reenlistment behavior of first-term enlisted airmen. The OAI was administered to two samples of airmen consisting of 1,217 personnel in 1973 and 4,784 personnel in 1975. When considered as a set, the OAI items were found to bear a strong relationship to global job satisfaction, a somewhat lesser relationship to reenlistment behavior. These relationships maintained their significance when the baseline effects of 53 biographical and job-related variables were held constant in regression analyses. Findings indicated that global job satisfaction was associated with the following: job challenge, the use of airman abilities, and feelings of accomplishment. Reenlistment intent and actual reenlistment were most highly associated with satisfaction with pay and benefits as compared to civilian jobs, the consideration the Air Force gave enlistees, removal of irritants, and contributions to the national defense. Cross-validation of the 1973 and 1975 equations revealed that these relationships were stable through time.

Descriptors :   *Job satisfaction, Reenlistment, Air Force, Air Force personnel, Personnel retention, Predictions, Attitudes(Psychology), Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE