Accession Number : ADA464138


Title :   Professionalism in the Air Force: A Comparative Analysis of Commissioned Officers with Non-Commissioned Officers


Descriptive Note : Master's hesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH


Personal Author(s) : Boyd, Edward K


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a464138.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 85


Abstract : Decades ago, military sociologists predicted a rising trend among officers away from traditional institutional military values and toward more economically-based occupational values due to the effects of the transition from a conscription-based military to an all-volunteer force. Subsequent empirical research resulted in data that supports such predictions. More recent researchers have suggested that in addition to the all volunteer force, an increase on technology may also accelerate the trend toward occupationalism and away from traditional institutional military values and the warrior ethos that typically define successful military organizations. The officer corps may be particularly vulnerable to occupationalism due to increased technical specialization and the corporate mindset that is evolving within the service, potentially resulting in reduced organizational commitment and a greater reliance on extrinsic motivational incentives. The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of rank structures on professionalism in the context of Moskos' institutional versus occupational (I/O) professionalism model. Previous studies utilizing the I/O model have been primarily limited to Air Force officers and suggest a trend toward occupationalism among this group. This study proposes that a much broader sample of Air Force personnel is required to determine the magnitude of this trend, both in the officer ranks as well as the NCO ranks. This study analyzes the roots of military professionalism, considers the impact of recent transformations in the military, and makes recommendations about enhancing professionalism within the Air Force among all ranks.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY REQUIREMENTS , *ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY) , *AIR FORCE PERSONNEL , *NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS , *OFFICER PERSONNEL , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , LEADERSHIP , VULNERABILITY , MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS , TRANSFORMATIONS , SPECIALIZATION , ALL VOLUNTEER , SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY , PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY) , PERSONNEL DEVELOPMENT , ETHICS , THESES , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , PREDICTIONS , MODELS


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE