Evaluating Cadet Leadership Positions at the U.S. Air Force Academy

by Jeremy Didier

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Abstract

The U.S. Air Force relies on effective leadership to complete its mission. The U.S. Air Force Academy exists to develop leaders of character for the Air Force through a four-year program. Part of this program involves cadets participating in leadership positions. By exploring nine types of cadet leadership positions, this dissertation aims to assist the Academy in assessing the value of admission criteria, awarding leadership positions, and designing leadership position experiences. Informing decisions in these areas is likely to improve the Academy's ability to develop effective leaders for the Air Force.

This dissertation provides evidence of a positive relationship between participation in a cadet line position and promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. This positive relationship existed for individuals in both rated and non-rated career fields. The magnitude of the relationship varied significantly according to other individual characteristics such as military performance average and grade point average. Participation rates for line positions varied according to demographics such as race, gender, and prep school attendance. Most admission information related to leadership was positively associated with participation in a line leadership position at the Academy.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Literature Review

  • Chapter Three

    Methodology

  • Chapter Four

    Results And Discussion

  • Chapter Five

    Policy Recommendations

  • Chapter Six

    Suggestions For Future Research

  • Appendix A

    Quality Assessment of Officers Leaving The Service At Key Retention Points

  • Appendix B

    Mean Performance Score Comparison Charts By Line Position Type For Research Question 1

  • Appendix C

    Correlation Matrices For Research Question 2

  • Appendix D

    Comparisons Of Means and Variances After Propensity Weighting For Line or No Line Position: Models 2-4 Samples

  • Appendix E

    Power Calculation Example

  • Appendix F

    Research Question 3 Interaction Model Coefficients

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This document was submitted as a dissertation in September 2012 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Larry Hanser (Chair), Chaitra Hardison, and Dave Sacko.

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