Accession Number:

AD0763356

Title:

A Factor Analytic Study of Attritions from Naval Aviation Training,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL

Report Date:

1973-06-04

Pagination or Media Count:

32.0

Abstract:

Students who do not successfully complete naval aviation training are asked to complete an open-ended questionnaire concerning their reasons for entering and leaving the program, their likes and dislikes about the program, and characteristics of their instructors. The purpose of the present study WAS 1 to develop an objectively structured questionnaire from an analysis of responses of a large sample of attritions to this open-ended questionnaire 2 to identify the most salient factors emerging from responses to the newly developed questionnaire and 3 to compare attritions from the pilot and NFO training program on these response factors. An objectively structured questionnaire was developed and administered to a sample of 221 attritions, and the data were analyzed by a series of principal components factor analyses. For each of six major content areas, a small number of well-defined and easily- interpretable factors emerged. Loadings from the pilot-NFO dichotomy revealed differences on a substantial number of factors. Based on the findings of this study, it is recommended that the newly-developed questionnaire be revised and implemented on a continuing basis. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE