VOLUNTARY WITHDRAWAL FROM PRIMARY FLIGHT TRAINING AS A FUNCTION OF THE INDIVIDUAL FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR.
NAVAL SCHOOL OF AVIATION MEDICINE PENSACOLA FLA
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Military flying by its very nature is hazardous duty. Perhaps more than any other occupation, it demands a complete dedication on the part of its personnel. Because this is true, all training commands permit flight students to voluntarily resign from the program if they so desire. However, since voluntary withdrawal DOR carries with it a sizeable money and manpower loss, it is desirable to minimize its occurrence. One of the more obvious possible causes of DORing might be that some instructors possess personality traits that tend to discourage students. With this in mind, the present study seeks to determine if some flight instructors appeared to be involved in significantly higher DOR rates among their students than did other instructors. DOR data, as related to individual flight instructors in Naval primary flight training over a two-year period, were collected and analyzed statistically. A chi-square test was used to determine whether or not the DORs occurring in this period were distributed among flight instructors as we would theoretically expect them to be by chance. Results indicate that no instructor or any identifiable group of instructors experienced more than a normal share of the DORs. This is not evidence, however, that there is no importance to the student-instructor relationship. It is evidence that indices o.er than number of DORs must be used to explore this relationship. Author