Turnover of Air Force Enlisted Aircraft Maintenance Personnel.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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A current problem facing Air Force managers is the retention of qualified enlisted aircraft maintenance personnel. Little research has been directed toward developing a conceptual framework of voluntary turnover of Air Force personnel. The present research developed a conceptual model of turnover based on a synthesis of theoretical frameworks proposed in the sociological and industrial psychological literature. The model was then tested using existing data extracted from the 1977 Air Force Quality of Life survey. The study focused on male enlisted aircraft maintenance personnel from the 32XXX, 42XXX, and 43XXX career fields with two to nine years of service. The basic conceptual structure of the model was confirmed with one modification, which was incorporated in a revised conceptual model. The function of intraorganizational communication was found to be significantly different from the originally hypothesized relationship. In addition, perceived opportunity for civilian employment was confirmed as a significant intervening variable between satisfaction and expressed career intent. Recommendations are made for the development of a new survey instrument with which to further develop the model as an aid in personnel policy decisions. Author
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations