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Motivation and Resolve of U.S. Air Force Pilot Candidates

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Technical Report,01 May 2016,31 Aug 2016

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USAF School of Aerospace Medicine Wright-Patterson AFB United States

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Prior to beginning U.S. Air Force pilot training, individuals complete neuropsychological testing to assess ability and stability of pilot candidates. Until recently, motivation and resolve have not been formally assessed during Medical Flight Screening. Pertinent research on motivation and resolve related to military aviation is reviewed. Novel measures of motivation and resolve were developed and administered to 720 U.S. Air Force pilot candidates, revealing higher intrinsic than extrinsic motivation to become pilots, as well as high amounts of resolve to pursue a military career in aviation. Those candidates slotted for manned versus unmanned aircrafts were compared, revealing similar amounts of motivation and resolve. However, manned aircraft pilot candidates were found to be slightly more intrinsically motivated and have slightly more resolve as it relates to their consistent diligence in their efforts to fly.

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  • Psychology
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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