Optimal Assignment of Air Force Pilots
AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB BROOKS AFB TX
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The study addresses the problem, posed by Tactical Air Command, of whether a pilot on completion of undergraduate pilot training can be optimally assigned to a particular type of aircraft or mission. The problem was approached by using peer ranks to identify pilots of above average competence in each of three specialties. Using only these pilots as subjects, a multiple discriminant analysis was performed to yield a system for identifying a unique assignment for each pilot. The system uses ten test scores and training grades to classify a new pilot as optimally assignable to a transport, fighter, or reconnaissance aircraft or mission. The peer ranking was found to be predictable, and pilots acutally assigned in accordance with their optimal assignments were shown to be better pilots, as measured by the peer ranking, than pilots not optimally assigned.
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