AN INVESTIGATION OF UNPREDICTED DIFFERENCES IN ATTRITION RATES AMONG STUDENTS FROM DIFFERENT PROCUREMENT SOURCES.
Research rept. no. 40,
NAVAL SCHOOL OF AVIATION MEDICINE PENSACOLA FLA
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An attempt was made to determine if there were differences in attrition rates among aviation students from the various procurement sources over and above those differences that might be predicted from scores on routinely available prediction variables. The subjects consisted of 1346 non-officer and 726 officer flight students who were divided on the basis of their procurement sources. With the non-officer flight students the only significant differences in unpredicted attrition rates among students from various procurement sources were in type of attrition, not in over-all attrition rate. With the officer students there were significant residual differences among officers from different procurement sources in both over-all attrition rate and in type of attrition. It is suggested that differences in attitudes toward quitting among different types of students is the most fruitful in terms of future study of the causes of residual attrition differences. Author