Matching Job Education Requirements of a Variety of Officer Specialties with the Educational Attainments of Potential Incumbents.
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AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB BROOKS AFB TEX
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The traditional methods for documenting educational achievements have limited application for prescribing desirable and mandatory educational prerequisites for Air Force specialties. Because of lack of standardization, the college transcript is an ambiguous document for this purpose. Air Force Human Resources Laboratory developed an educational profile which can be used to condense the essential information contained in the college transcript into a simple, standardized, quantified format. To establish a methodology for determining educational requirements of Air Force line officer specialties, a representative sample of 120 such profiles was prepared. These were then rated by incumbent officers on educational suitability for service in their specific specialties. The entire NavigatorObserver Utilization Field and four other specialties were included in this survey. The four other specialties were Air Traffic Control Operations Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Transportation Officer, and Air Intelligence Officer. Sufficient raters were used to analyse five individual specialties within the NavigatorObserver Utilization Field. On confirming that the inter-rater agreement within each of these groups was satisfactory, the vector of mean ratings was accepted as a measure of educational suitability for each group. It was then shown that this measure could be predicted mathematically from a limited set of the data in the profiles by regression models, a different model being developed for each group.
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