Understanding Demographic Differences in Undergraduate Pilot Training Attrition
RAND Santa Monica United States
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Across the U.S. Department of Defense, senior leaders have emphasized the importance of improving demographic diversity at the highest levels of leadership. This emphasis is a response to the reality that personnel data statistics show a decline in representation for female and minority officers at the highest levels Asch, Miller, and Malchiodi, 2012. One reason for this pattern in the Air Force, as noted in Lim et al., 2014, is that female and minority officers are less likely to be in career fields that require aeronautical ratings e.g., pilot, which have the highest promotion rates. The study reported there noted that the reasons for this sorting are not fully clear and need to be better understood.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations