Talent Retention of the Air Force Officer Corps A Leader's Role
Air War College Montgomery United States
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Air Force officials need to change personnel management practices to retain the most talented officers in the service. The term most talented is qualitative in nature and likely would be defined by Air Force leaders differently based on their individual career field dynamics. For the purpose of this paper, the definition is intentionally left open ended to allow commanders to assign value to the components of talent skill, knowledge, and behavior as best fits their organizations and career field dynamics.1 To better retain top talent, the Air Force must acknowledge the difference in individual abilities and deliberately focus retention tools on those who possess the mix of talent required by the service. This can be accomplished by enabling individuals increased input to their career, raising both commitment and career satisfaction levels. Additionally, the Air Force should expand the ability of commanders to deliberately develop their most capable officers. Lastly, the service needs to focus promotion on capabilities of the individual rather than governed by length of service in the Air Force.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations