Reducing Attrition in Selected Air Force Training Pipelines
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The Air Force has a continuing interest in reducing high attrition and training-block failure (washback) rates. High attrition requires a significantly greater input into the schoolhouses, increasing training and recruiting costs. High washback rates reduce schoolhouse capacity by requiring that seats be set aside for students who need to retake training blocks, and they incur greater costs by increasing training time. This report describes research into these issues for nine career fields: air traffic control, combat control, pararescue, aerospace ground equipment, explosive ordnance disposal, operations intelligence, network intelligence analysis, Far East linguist, and Middle East linguist. The authors find that significant savings can be realized through reductions in training attrition and washbacks. Interviews and focus groups provided a wealth of information that was not apparent from an analysis of the personnel and training databases. In addition, although there were concerns common across career fields, every career field studied had unique issues. This underscores the need for caution in applying findings in one career field to the circumstances in other career fields, even if they are ostensibly similar.
Table of Contents
Air Traffic Control, AFSC 1C1X1
Combat Control, AFSC 1C2X1
Operations Intelligence, AFSC 1N0X1
Far East and Middle East Linguists, AFSCs 1N3X4X and 1N3X5X
Network Intelligence Analysis, AFSC 1N4X1
Aerospace Ground Equipment, AFSC 2A6X2
Pararescue, AFSC 1T2X1
Explosive Ordnance Disposal, AFSC 3E8X1
Results of Questionnaire Data
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, Physical Ability and Stamina Test, and Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Selection and Training Test
Trainees' Perceptions of Injustice
Aerospace Ground Equipment Personnel Mathematical Training Model
Length of the Technical Training Program
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