The Pilot Training Study

Precommissioning Training

by Jeffrey W. Cook

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An analysis of the student flows, supporting resources, and costs of graduating pilot candidates from the 3 major sources of enrollees: Air Force Academy (AFA), Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and Officer Training School (OTS). By developing estimating relationships and predictive factors from a calculation of attrition rates and historical costs of training at past student load levels, estimates can be made of the future costs of training at different levels. For 1973 it is estimated that the AFA will supply 645 pilot candidates at an annual cost of $37.8 million (in 1968 dollars), while ROTC pilot candidates should number 1600 with a program cost of $12.5 million. (Because of the number of pilots produced by OTS is not consistently related to total number of graduates, it is not possible to predict the 1973 output of pilot candidates from OTS.) The marginal cost of producing each additional pilot candidate is estimated to be $28,550 for AFA, $3700 for ROTC, and $2700 for OTS. (See also RM-6080, RM-6081, RM-6083 through RM-6087.)

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