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Officer Attitudes RElated to Career DEcisions,
AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB LACKLAND AFB TEX PERSONNEL DIV
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The study is a reexamination of survey data obtained in 1964, which have been updated against a current criterion of active duty versus separated from the service. The initial study was undertaken to examine factors related to the career intent of officers with limited commissioned service. At that time, the USAF Training and Utilization Survey was designed and administered to a 20-percent sample of all officers with less than seven years of military service. For the current study, subjects having less than 12 months of active duty at the time the survey was administreed were omitted. Criterion data were obtained for 4,006 subjects. These subjects were further subdivided into various subgroups to account for differences in source and type of commission. The overall retention rate was 65 percent for this ample however, there were differences in the various subgroups. Examination of the stated career intention of these subjects suggested that those who has a definite positive or negative attitude toward a military career were fairly consistent in their intent and actual decision. The overall correlation between the stated career intent and the criterion was .56. Job characteristics or rewards were also examined. In general there was little or no relationship between the importance of a reward and the attainability of that characteristic. Author
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