Accession Number : ADA611614


Title :   Promoting Airmen with the Potential to Lead: A Study of the Air Force Master Sergeant Promotion System


Corporate Author : RAND PROJECT AIR FORCE SANTA MONICA CA


Personal Author(s) : Keller, Kirsten M ; Robson, Sean ; O'Neill, Kevin ; Emslie, Paul D ; Burgette, Lane F ; Harrington, Lisa M ; Curran, Dennis


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a611614.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 115


Abstract : As operations become more jointly connected with other military services and the Air Force becomes smaller, there is concern that more leadership responsibility and authority is being pushed down to noncommissioned officers. Therefore, as the first level of senior noncommissioned officer leadership, the ability of master sergeants (E-7) to be effective leaders is especially critical. In addition to training and development efforts, a key component of ensuring that master sergeants have the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (KSAOs) needed to fulfill the required leadership responsibilities is having an effective system to promote airmen with the greatest potential from the E-6 rank of technical sergeant to master sergeant. The current promotion system was developed more than 40 years ago and is designed to identify those people with the highest potential to fill positions of increased grade and responsibility (U.S. Air Force, 1993, p. 1). Despite changes in force size, operational requirements, and airmen s responsibilities, the Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS) and its underlying factors have remained largely unchanged since its establishment. Therefore, the goal of this study was to examine the master sergeant promotion system and provide recommendations for improving it. Our work was driven by three primary research questions: (1) What are the KSAOs that master sergeants need to be good leaders? (2) Is the current system effective at promoting airmen with the KSAOs needed to be good leaders? (3) If necessary, what are potential options for improving the master sergeant promotion system to ensure that master sergeants have the KSAOs they need to succeed?


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE PERSONNEL , *ENLISTED PERSONNEL , *NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS , *PROMOTION(ADVANCEMENT) , AIR FORCE , JOBS , LEADERSHIP , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , OFFICER PERSONNEL , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , SKILLS


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


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE