Are Non-white or Female Officer Trainees (OTs) Recycled or Dropped from OTS at Higher Rates than White or Male OTs?
[Technical Report, Research Paper]
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL
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In a training environment like Air Force Officer Training School OTS, on Day Zero the trainers first focus in on those individuals who stand out because they either clearly have prior military experience prior-Es or non-priors, or they look different than the others with whom they are standing. Prior-Es will typically be looked upon favorably and receive less disciplinary action at OTS, as they are already experienced in military training and exhibit well-practiced cultural norms. Since 77.82 of Air Force officers are male, and 77.87 are white, individuals outside of the male-white demographic will look different than most at OTS Air Force Personnel Center, 2020. This unfortunately may not bode well for female andor non-white Officer Trainees OTs, as similar research in the educational field has shown. The Dangers of Implicit Bias at OTS.
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