A Judgment Analysis Approach to Examining a 'Whole Person' Concept of Air Force Promotions
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The United States Air Force stresses the whole person concept in the evaluation of all commissioned officers who are eligible for promotion. However, no specific policy has been established by the Air Force for applying this whole person evaluation. The separate promotion boards are presented a whole person chart which recommends factors and areas for evaluation. The criteria depicted on this chart, however, are not mandatory nor do they have precedence over any other criteria. It appears, then, that each promotion board establishes the policy which is utilized in selecting commissioned officers for promotion. This research effort investigates the extent to which a whole person concept of promotion evaluation influences the beliefs held by Air Force officers concerning the promotability of captains to the rank of major. In order to do so, a judgment analysis approach known as policy capturing was utilized.
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