Comparison of Performance and Career Progression of High School Graduates and Non-Graduates in the Air Force
Final rept. 1 Jul 1974-9 Sep 1975
AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB BROOKS AFB TX
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The performance and career progression of a sample of 20,705 airmen were monitored throughout their initial tour of service. For comparative purposes, this sample was divided into high school graduate and non-graduate groups and further subdivided by Armed Forces Qualification Test AFQT mental categories. Points of comparison included disposition from basic military and technical training, attainment of skill levels, number of disciplinary actions and unsuitability discharges, and reenlistment decision. On almost all measures, high school graduates constituted a significantly more successful military group than did the non-graduates, and among the non-graduates, in terms of mental category subgroups, there were almost no differences in performance. In addition, the effects of varying enlistment requirements on this sample are presented, and attention was directed toward determining which non-graduates might be better risks than others for military service.
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