Accession Number : ADA467144


Title :   The Effect of Graduate Education on the Performance of Air Force Officers


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Pearson, Jeffrey P


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a467144.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 114


Abstract : This thesis investigates the effects of graduate education on the retention and promotion of Line of the Air Force (LAF) officers at the rank of Captain and Major. Logistic regression models are estimated to examine the effects of graduate education on the retention of Captains and Majors and on promotion to Major using data from the Active Duty Military Master File for fiscal years 1992 through 2006. A difference-in-difference estimator is incorporated into the promotion model to evaluate the effects of an Air Force policy change intended to eliminate any bias towards advanced education at promotion boards. Besides graduate education, explanatory variables include basic demographic traits and professional characteristics. Results indicate that graduate education has a positive effect on retention of LAF officers at the rank of Captain and Major. Findings from the promotion model indicate that graduate education also has a positive effect on promotion but results for the change in policy (masking education information for promotion) are inconclusive. In addition, race and career field are shown to influence both retention behavior and promotion while gender significantly affects retention but not promotion.


Descriptors :   *EDUCATION , *REGRESSION ANALYSIS , *AIR FORCE PERSONNEL , *OFFICER PERSONNEL , *PROMOTION(ADVANCEMENT) , MATHEMATICAL MODELS , AIR FORCE , RETENTION(GENERAL) , GRADUATES , RANK ORDER STATISTICS , PERSONNEL RETENTION , BEHAVIOR , CAREERS , THESES , MODELS , POLICIES


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Statistics and Probability
      Humanities and History


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE