Air Force Compensation: Considering Some Options for Change

by James Hosek, Beth J. Asch

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Recruiting difficulties and manning shortfalls in certain specialties have prompted the Air Force to consider significant alterations to the compensation system. The authors describe Air Force recruitment and retention, then examine the current pay system and suggest how it could be strengthened. Finally, they assess two pay concepts, skill pay and capability pay, and consider ways to analyze their effects and cost-effectiveness.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  • Figures

  • Tables

  • Summary

  • Acknowledgments

  • Acronyms

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Recruiting and Retention in the Late 1990s

  • Chapter Three

    A Comparison of Private-Sector and Air Force Pay

  • Chapter Four

    Compensation Alternatives

  • Chapter Five

    Concluding Thoughts

  • Appendix

    First-Term Reenlistment Rates Using A Broader Definition of High Performer

  • References

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