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 PDF

  • Figures PDF

  • Tables PDF

  • Summary PDF

  • Acknowledgments PDF

  • Acronyms PDF

  • Chapter One

    Introduction PDF

  • Chapter Two

    Recruiting and Retention in the Late 1990s PDF

  • Chapter Three

    A Comparison of Private-Sector and Air Force Pay PDF

  • Chapter Four

    Compensation Alternatives PDF

  • Chapter Five

    Concluding Thoughts PDF

  • Appendix

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

  • References PDF

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